Sustainable Development Strategy

In the Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council outlines its policy priorities for sustainable development in the medium to long term.  It is the main instrument for implementing the 2030 Agenda in Switzerland.

The Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) is an overarching strategy adopted by the Federal Council that reflects the priorities of the four-year legislative period. It outlines Switzerland’s desired developments in major areas. The strategy draws on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a frame of reference. While many of the SDG requirements were already anchored in the central thematic areas of the 2016–19 strategy, the new strategy is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda and reflects the challenges identified in Switzerland's 2018 country report to the UN. The new strategy covers the period from 2020 to 2030 to ensure optimal coordination with the 2030 Agenda and longer-term planning security and continuity. The Sustainable Development Strategy Action Plan is updated every four years to reflect the new legislative programme. This will take place in 2020, 2024 and 2028.