Last updated on:
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The horizontal integration within the federal administration is guaranteed through the interdepartmental '2030 Agenda Steering Committee', and the appointment of two Delegates are core elements of the new organizational structure.

The 2030 Agenda Steering Committee brings together top-management level representatives of the most relevant government offices. Its primary objective is to manage and coordinate efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

The remit of the 2030 Agenda Steering Committee includes the following: 1) monitoring the SDGs in Switzerland; 2) drawing up the voluntary national review for submission to the UN; 3) prioritizing the principal challenges and opportunities for Switzerland; 4) determining national targets; 5) defining new measures; and 6) cooperating with the cantons, communes and non-governmental stakeholders.

Switzerland promotes policy coherence through a number of different procedures that ensure legislation of high quality, achieve a balance between conflicting interests, foster synergies between policies in various sectors and reconcile national and global perspectives. This entails a consultation procedure involving all the main stakeholder groups and a further ‘technical’ consultation involving all the relevant federal offices, with the members of the Federal Council formulating their views as part of the political-level joint reporting procedure. Decisions taken by Parliament can be challenged directly by a popular referendum.