Sustainable Swiss embassies

Three small toy houses in a row, on grass.
Swiss embassies abroad are leading the way in terms of sustainability. © Keystone

The FDFA is playing an active role in implementing the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Switzerland and abroad. The Swiss embassies are showcasing Switzerland’s commitment to sustainability and leading by example.

Switzerland is strongly committed to sustainability. The principle of sustainable development is enshrined in the Swiss Federal Constitution. The Federal Council’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2016–2019 does not contain only domestic policy measures. Successful implementation of sustainable development requires greater coordination between domestic and foreign policy. This is why Switzerland is strongly committed to the issue through bilateral and multilateral cooperation at the international level. The ‘sustainable embassies’ dossier presents measures implemented by the Swiss embassies to improve sustainability and aims to encourage other actors to emulate them. The dossier is part of the Swiss contribution to the implementation of sustainable development at global level, particularly the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

What are ‘sustainable embassies’?

The ‘sustainable embassies’ concept covers the complete optimisation of Swiss embassies from a sustainability perspective. It is part of Switzerland’s contribution to successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at international level.

National legislation and international framework conditions

Sustainability and environmental protection are firmly enshrined in the Swiss Constitution and lay the foundation for Switzerland’s commitment as part of the internationally applicable 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Overview of the implemented measures

An overview of the measures implemented at the Swiss embassies in table form.

Swiss embassies and their measures

An overview of the measures implemented at various embassies.

Leading by example – reports from the embassies

A selection of sustainable embassies and the measures they have implemented in detail.