Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland

Biovision, together with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, is setting up SDSN Switzerland: a node of the international Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Both organizations have been appointed as co-hosts by the Executive Committee of the international SDSN.


SDSN Switzerland mobilizes universities, research centres, civil society organizations, business and other knowledge centres to co-create and implement transformative solutions to achieve the Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement in Switzerland and beyond.


The work of SDSN Switzerland focuses on three goals that build upon each other:

  • Shape multi-stakeholder dialogue: Stimulate the continuous exchange of ideas and experiences, and create spaces for academia, government, business and civil society to foster holistic solutions, build commitment and mobilize concrete action.
  • Foster transformative solutions: Harness scientific and transdisciplinary knowledge to generate evidence-based solutions, integrated policies and systemic change.
  • Advise decision makers: Offer evidence-based advice to decision makers in politics, business and society to fill policy gaps and motivate normative change.
  • [Translate to English:] Sechs Personen halten SDSN-Ziele in der Hand
    from left to right: Urs Wiesmann, Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland; Dr Katrin Muff, Professor for Sustainability, Responsibility and Transformation and moderator at the SDSN Launch Conference, Bertrand Piccard, pioneer and founder of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions; Professor Jacques Dubochet, Biophysicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Océane Dayer, Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland; Michael Bergöö, Secretary General SDSN Switzerland.
  • “We must demonstrate that solutions already exist that are better than the status quo.” Bertrand Piccard, pioneer and initiator of Solar Impulse.
  • New innovative solutions also demand new types of cooperation.
  • For the conference, SDSN Switzerland worked with Collaboratio Helvetica to develop creative exchange formats.

SDSN: A global initiative

In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, SDSN is committed to supporting the implementation of these agreements at local, national, and global levels. Currently, SDSN counts more than 800 member institutions from over 110 countries, and more than 28 national and regional SDSNs.