Biovision championing Agenda 2030



There are almost 800 million hungry people in a world that actually produces enough food for all. Degraded soils, polluted water and poisoned fields and meadows are just a few of the facts that demonstrate that changes are needed to our current agricultural strategy.

In recent years, Biovision has advocated Changing Course in Global Agriculture – with success. In September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. In contrast to the Millennium Development Goals, these new goals apply for the first time to industrialised as well as developing and emerging countries. Agenda 2030 also aims to fight root causes rather than just symptoms. It is an agenda that forces us to break out of our silo mentality.

How Biovision contributes to the agenda 2030.

Biovision was involved in all the main milestones, such as the Addis Abeba Action Agenda to agree the funding and implementation issues associated with the Agenda 2030 as well as the climate change negotiations in Paris. Biovision was similarly present at the negotiations for Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development where it campaigned in particular for SDG 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Biovision has used strategic alliances and platforms, e.g. CFS, the Committee on World Food Security in Rome and its position as a stakeholder in 10YFP, the UN Programme for Sustainable Food Systems, to strengthen its position as a “pioneer for change” and so contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 internationally.

At the national level, Biovision and the Millennium Institute are supporting the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal with the planning of sustainable agricultural strategies, including in the context of SDG2 implementation.

6 SDG in focus

Biovision’s top priority is to contribute to achieving the UN global sustainability goals of Agenda 2030. Our focus lies on creating enough healthy food (goal 2).

Eine Übersicht über die 17 UNO-Nachaltigkeitsziele (SDGs) und welche im Zentrum von Biovisions Arbeit stehen.
Biovision makes an important contribution to various development goals (SDGs).



Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow: Biovision’s role

At the end of October, Biovision’s Policy and Advocacy team travelled to Glasgow to represent Biovision’s position at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26). They brought along the latest insights into agroecology and climate plus the goal of making sustainable, agroecological agriculture part of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Agroecology comes into focus at the UN Food Systems Summit

Sustainably transforming food systems through agroecology is at the heart of Biovision’s efforts to fight hunger and poverty. At the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit, agroecology was officially recognized by key actors as one of the game changing solutions.

“Switzerland buys itself good sustainability scores at the expense of other countries”

Carole Küng, co-director of the Biovision-affiliated Sustainable Development Solution Network Switzerland (SDSN), calls for increased Swiss commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The federal council’s formulated strategy is inadequate, she says.

Global sustainable development goals: Is Switzerland on track?

Any answer must consider the disproportionate influence of Switzerland’s imports and investments on achieving the UN sustainable development goals worldwide. When we talk about Switzerland’s sustainability, we need to draw upon a global perspective.