Sustainable Development Strategy

With its 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council is setting out how it intends to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development over the next ten years. At its meeting on 4 November, the Federal Council ap-proved the strategy for consultation.

In its 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy draft, the Federal Council sets out the guiding principles of its sustainable development policy. The strategy is scheduled to cover a period of ten years instead of four, as was previously the case. In so doing, the Federal Council is establishing sustainable development as an important requirement for all areas of federal government policy. The strategy draws on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a frame of reference.

The strategy defines priorities in those policy areas in which there is a particular need for action and coordination between policy areas at federal level in order to implement the 2030 Agenda. For this reason, the Federal Council has identified the three topics of 'sustainable consumption and production', 'climate, energy, biodiversity' and 'equal opportunities' as priority issues, and has set goals for the period up to 2030, as well as strategic domestic and foreign policy guidelines for federal government policy.

The strategy also sets out how the economy, the financial market and the education, research and innovation sectors can drive forward sustainable development and the framework conditions that are needed to do so.

Once the consultation process has been completed, the Federal Council will also adopt an action plan to complement the strategy specifying objectives and strategic guidelines for the period 2021-2023. 

The consultation runs until 18 February 2021. All interested organizations are invited to submit their comments within this timeframe.