Last updated on:
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Year of approval of the SD strategy and updates

The Swiss Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019 (SDS) sets out the Federal Council's policy priorities for sustainable development in the medium- to long-term. It also lists the actions that the Confederation take to implement this Strategy during the legislative period. In addition, the Strategy indicates the contribution that Switzerland makes to achieving the United Nations' global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda). The aim in the future is to align the Strategy as comprehensively as possible with the 2030 Agenda to ensure that Switzerland plays a full part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030.

The Swiss SDS 2016-2019 covers all 17 SDGs as part of 9 priority action areas. The SDS 2030 is currently being developed. It will be valid until 2030 and consistent with the SDGs. The new SDS 2030 will set priorities and focus on three key areas: (1) Sustainable consumption and production, (2) Climate, Energy and Biodiversity (3) Equal Opportunities.

Since 2009, the federal SDS is part of the Government’s Legislative Programme. The two processes of the legislative planning and the SDS are strongly linked. This results in various improvements:

  • more efficient coordination;
  • more solid institutional anchoring of the SDS;
  • broader acceptance of the SDS; and
  • more effective integration in government policy.
Type of SD strategy

SDS covers all three dimensions of SD.

Lead ministry/institution in the SD strategy process
Further information about the SD strategy process

General information about SD in Switzerland: Sustainable development in Switzerland – A guide

Switzerland has commissioned an external evaluation of its SD strategy in 2019. The results of the evaluation have been published. (click here for the evaluation report in German with summaries in English, French and Italian).