Summer 2018 will go down as one of the hottest summers on record. The rising temperatures and droughts, but also heavy rainfalls are clear indicators of a drastically changing climate. Even Switzerland, that has compared to other world regions not yet suffered excessively from climate change, has seen unprecedented consequences: major harvest losses due to the lack of rain, increased rock fall due to melting permafrost, and heat stress for elderly people.

On 17 July 2018, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard presented Switzerland’s country report on the implementation of Agenda 2030 at the United Nations in New York. The Agenda 2030 is a unique opportunity for Switzerland to develop a long-term sustainability policy that tackles important challenges such as climate change, social inequality or a cleaner economy in an integrated manner.

Unfortunately, Switzerland’s country report did not take advantage of this opportunity. It lacks the ambition to outline a long-term sustainability policy for Switzerland, e.g. neither does it break the silos of sectoral approaches, nor does it assign clear responsibilities for implementation. Therefore, SDSN Switzerland, in its latest publication Levers to achieve Switzerland’s sustainable future (also available in German and French) puts forward recommendations for policy makers.

Through innovative dialogues and action-oriented solutions, we look forward to discussing with you transformative policies geared to sustainable development.

Océane Dayer & Urs Wiesmann        
Co-Chairs of SDSN Switzerland            
Recommendations for policy makers to achieve Switzerland`s sustainable future
Over the coming months Parliament and Federal Council will have several opportunities to set Switzerland on the path towards sustainability and implement Agenda 2030 in Switzerland. SDSN Switzerland presents action-oriented measures for several upcoming key policy documents:
Stellschrauben für die nachhaltige Zukunft der Schweiz
Ajuster le tir pour un avenir durable de la Suisse
Levers to achieve Switzerland's sustainable future
Effective implementation of Agenda 2030 also needs political will, proper analysis of synergies and trade-offs as well as central coordination, argues our managing director, Michael Bergöö, on Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
SDSN Switzerland Solution Initiatives launched
SDSN Switzerland identifies and implements solutions initiatives, drawing on the expertise and existing, transdisciplinary work of its members, partners and networks. We are proud to announce that we are currently working on four solution initiatives: Biblio 2030; Beyond Waste - Circular Resources Lab; GAiA - Research for SDGs; Getting started with the SDGs in Universities Guide.
SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018

The annual Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. It shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. The report is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Switzerland is no. 7. How does your country rank?
Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE): Funding Program Sustainable Development

The program supports projects of cantons and municipalities, which contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 at the local level. The focus of this year's program lies on sustainable consumption (SDG 12) and sensitization for the SDGs.
foraus: New Campaign on Biodiversity
This fall, foraus – Forum on Foreign Policy – is launching its new project “Policy Kitchen” with its first campaign on biodiversity. Participate in the digital platform or by joining one of seven workshops across Switzerland. Detailed information on the workshops will be available by the end of August. 
Student Initiatives for Sustainable Development

The new funding program "U Change" finances student projects for sustainable development and platforms that support such project work at Swiss universities. Submission deadline for projects is August 31st 2018.

Die Finanzsphäre & ihre Systemrisiken - Wie kann man Finanzmärkte nachhaltig gestalten?

3.-4. and 10.-11. September 2018 at University of Bern

The SDGs and the Future of Europe
15. October 2018 at Deutsche Welle, Bonn

2. Swiss Resources Forum
25. Oktober 2018 at Empa Akademie, Dübendorf

Swiss Inter-  and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018
15. November 2018 at EPFL Lausanne

Transformative Geistes- & Sozialwissenschaften: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen in der Schweiz

16. November 2018 at University of Bern

Leveraging Research Partnerships for Global Challenges

21. - 22. November 2018 at University of Bern
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"Für eine kohärente Umsetzung der UN Nachhaltigkeitsziele braucht es dringend eine integrale Denkweise und eine kohärente Politik, welche die Aufgaben im Zuge der Agenda 2030 beherzt angeht." 

Thomas Breu, Director of CDE and Member of the SDSN Switzerland Leadership Council
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