Sustainable Development Goals

A Task for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The 17 sustainability goals of the UN relate to major challenges facing society. What is needed is expertise in the humanities and social sciences. Agenda 2030 offers a unique opportunity to make effective and visible use of the knowledge and skills of the humanities and social sciences in relevant areas. The SAGW and its member companies show which competences and which knowledge can contribute to achieving the goals.

Contribution of the humanities and social sciences

Our latest publication about SDGs

UN Agenda 2030: 17 goals for sustainable development

In September 2015, the member countries of the UN adopted Agenda 2030. The 17 goals of the UN Agenda 2030 focus on social, economic and ecological goals and highlight the interactions between these areas. For the first time, the sustainability goals have universal validity, i.e. they affect all countries. The state, industry, NPOs, associations and science must combine their expertise in order to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

Further information on Agenda 2030 and the confederation’s strategy

Status of implementation

A first national report on the status of implementation was published in spring 2018. Switzerland is well on track with many goals. However, there is a need for action on resource consumption. Gender equal pay has also not yet been achieved.

More on the implementation of the SDGs in Switzerland

Reporting in a 4-year cycle

The state of implementation will be reported in the framework of an international review process. This reporting will take place every four years and is linked to the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS).


In Switzerland, not only the authorities but also the private sector, NGOs, associations and science are involved in the implementation. The Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) and the SDC coordinate the activities at federal level. In the support group the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are represented by Prof. Renate Schubert from the Institute for Environmental Decisions at the ETHZ and Prof. Peter Messerli from the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern.

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Road to Bern

Als Gastgeberland des dritten United Nations World Data Forum 2020 (UNWDFs) hat die Schweiz die Gelegenheit genutzt und die Road to Bern lanciert. Damit soll der Austauschs zu Themen gefördert werden, die am UNWDF 2020 diskutiert werden. Ein weiteres Ziel ist die Unterstützung der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 in der Schweiz.

Website "Road to Bern"

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Umsetzung in der Schweiz