Cooperation with the cantons, communes and non-governmental stakeholders

Staff at the UN in Geneva replicate the SDG wheel.
Implementing the 2030 Agenda requires strong partnerships. ©UN Photos

The Federal Council is promoting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda both nationally and internationally. In addition to a concerted effort on the part of the three levels of government, this requires close cooperation with private-sector business, non-governmental organisations, associations, and the scientific community.

Switzerland has a long tradition of cooperation between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. The federal government intends to strengthen this tried-and-tested partnership in order to implement the 2030 Agenda. 

Cooperation with the cantons

The federal government intends to strengthen institutional cooperation on sustainable development with specialist sustainability units and delegates at cantonal level. To this end, shared measures to implement the 2030 Agenda are being discussed, and efforts are under way to align cantonal sustainability strategies with the SDGs. 

Partnerships with non-governmental stakeholders

To ensure effective cooperation with non-governmental stakeholders, the federal government has established an advisory group which will determine the form that cooperation will take and the areas it will cover, and will coordinate activities between the stakeholders concerned. It will also be involved in consultations on the Federal Council's outputs (reporting, Sustainable Development Strategy, etc.) and will coordinate responses. 

The advisory group consists of the following representatives: 


  • Prof. Dr. Peter Messerli, Centre for Develoment and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

  • Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, ETH Zurich

Civil society

  • Mark Herkenrath, Alliance Sud

  • Marianne Hochuli, Caritas Switzerland

  • Hervé Pichelin, equiterre

  • Friedrich Wulf, Umweltallianz/ Pro Natura


  • Thomas Pletscher, Economiesuisse/ International Chamber of Commerce Switzerland (ICC)

    (Additionally represents the Global Compact Network Switzerland, GCNS.)

  • Seta Thakur, ÖBU – the association for sustainable business in Switzerland

    (Additionally represents swisscleantech and the Global Compact Network Switzerland, GCNS.)


  • Sophie Neuhaus, National Youth Council of Switzerland

The advisory group is intended to function over the long term. Its members form the central coordination unit for their individual areas of society (science, civil society, business, and youth).