How sustainable is Switzerland? Implementing the 2030 Agenda from a civil society perspective

Following Switzerland’s announcement that it will present a progress report to the UN in July, the civil society organisations that make up the Platform Agenda 2030 have been busy drafting their own parallel report. In doing so, they have not followed the UN guidelines for country-led reports. Instead, they have defined the topics and issues they feel to be most important.

The result is a broad spectrum of insights and analyses of the challenges and need for action – both in Switzerland and by Switzerland – that are involved whenever political decisions taken at home spill over and affect other countries. Owing to the cross-cutting nature of the 2030 Agenda, each chapter includes multiple cross-references, thus clearly illustrating the many interdependencies and interlinkages between individual SDGs.

The individual chapters vary in structure and style, reflecting Switzerland’s diverse civil society landscape. They clearly point out where action is needed in each of the respective areas. Unfortunately, although progress has been made on certain issues, there have
also been setbacks.