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National Pathway for Food Systems Transformation in Support of the 2030 Agenda

  • Published on February 1, 2022

In the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, all member states were invited to submit their national pathways for food systems transformation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The present document lays out Switzerland’s pathway, drawing primarily from Switzerland’s 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy.

Sustainable development makes it possible to meet the basic needs of all people and ensures a good quality of life throughout the world, now and in the future. It encompasses the three dimensions of environmental responsibility, social solidarity and economic efficiency, and this on an equal, balanced and integrated basis, while also factoring in the tolerance limits of global ecosystems. In line with this understanding, our vision is that by 2030, the Swiss food system has been transformed in a way that it plays its part in a world moving towards zero net greenhouse gas emissions, where the loss of biodiversity has been reversed and hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past.

With the aim to coordinate Switzerland’s efforts to promote sustainable development within the reference framework provided by the 2030 Agenda, the Swiss Federal Council adopted the SDS 2030 on 23 June, 2021. The Strategy lays out how Switzerland intends to implement the 2030 Agenda over the next ten years. Sustainable Consumption and Production is one of the three priority topics of the SDS 2030, with a dedicated chapter on furthering the transformation to sustainable food systems in Switzerland and abroad. This chapter, with its specific and measurable goals until 2030, together with the concrete measures of the action plan that belongs to it, constitutes Switzerland’s pathway for food systems transformation in support of the 2030 Agenda.

Switzerland’s pathway for food systems transformation in support of the 2030 Agenda contains four specific and measurable goals, as well as an action plan with concrete measures in support of the pathway’s four national strategic directions, which are:

  • Promoting healthy, balanced and sustainable nutrition
  • Reducing food waste
  • Enhancing sustainability throughout the food value chain
  • Enhancing the resilience of the food system

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