Policy cycle

Switzerland's implementation of the 2030 Agenda follows a four-year policy cycle. The main elements of Switzerland's policy are set out in the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) and its country report to the UN.

The policy cycle for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda reflects the four-year legislative periods of the Swiss government and comprises four steps:

  • Strategy: The Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) is the main instrument for implementing the 2030 Agenda. To ensure longer-term planning security and continuity, the strategy is now being realigned to the 2020–30 period. The SDS Action Plan is updated along with the new legislative programme every four years. This will take place in 2020, 2024 and 2028.
  • Implementation: The relevant federal authorities implement the SDS Action Plan and other sector-specific instruments.
  • Monitoring: Progress towards sustainable development is monitored using the MONET monitoring system. This serves as the basis for the reporting.
  • Reporting: The baseline study and country reports to the UN are drawn up in the middle of each legislative period. They take stock of the effectiveness of the measures adopted and set new priorities for the subsequent SDS Action Plan. This will take place in 2022, 2026 and 2030.