Get the Swiss moving - Agenda 2030
In recent years, Biovision successfully called for a change in the course of global agriculture and in September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York adopted Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two years have elapsed since then and the SDG Index and Dashboard Report published in 2017 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)* and the Bertelsmann Foundation show that significant action is still needed, including in Switzerland. It only reached the “green zone” for Goal 1 (poverty) and Goal 7 (energy). The most urgent need for action is in the area of climate change and sustainable consumption and production. Switzerland is an importer of both goods and services and so is responsible for significant air pollution and loss of biodiversity in the countries of origin. As a result of intensive agriculture and the associated import of fodder and fertilisers, Switzerland is also responsible for the nitrogen pollution of ecosystems.
Active participant in alliances and networks
To boost sustainable development in Switzerland and drive forward the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, Biovision is a member of various networks and is active in several alliances:
- SDC: As part of a four-year programme, Biovision is an official partner of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from whom it receives funding. This partnership is focussing particularly on capacity building and the exchange of experience.
- Agrarallianz: The Agrarallianz brings together 18 organisations seeking to encourage a dialogue between farmers and consumers. It monitors agricultural policy in Switzerland from one end of the supply chain to the other and aims to increase the sustainability of the Swiss food industry.
- Alliance Sud: Alliance Sud is an alliance of development organisations in Switzerland and is a thinkand- do tank. It is active at the political, public and business level, calling for fair North-South relations and sustainable development.
- CNS-FAO: The Swiss national FAO Committee is a consultative body and advises the Federal Council on how to fight global hunger and its causes, improve global food security and promote sustainable development in agriculture and food systems.
- SDSN Switzerland: Since 2017, Biovision has been working with the interdisciplinary Centre for Development and the Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern to develop SDSN Switzerland – an offshoot of the international Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
* The Global Network for Sustainable Development Solutions was launched in 2012 by the previous UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Currently, (spring 2018), SDSN International consists of more than 700 member organisations in more than 80 countries and more than 20 national and regional SDSN offshoots.