National Pathway for Food Systems Transformation in Support of the 2030 Agenda
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.
Switzerland’s Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the Swiss Federal Council in June, 2021, contains 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.
As part of the current action plan, the following measures were implemented in 2022:
- On 6 April 2022, the Federal Council adopted an action plan with the aim of halving food waste by 2030 compared to 2017. To achieve this, the Confederation will conclude an agreement with companies and organizations of the food sector, with clear reduction targets. In 2025, the Federal Council will assess whether the measures put in place are sufficient and will take additional decisions if necessary.
- Between June and November 2022, a Citizens Assembly for Food Policy was convened, consisting of a representative group of people chosen at random from the Swiss population. After holding dialogues in small groups for several weeks, the Citizens' Assembly drafted recommendations for Swiss food policy and forwarded them to politicians, the administration and practitioners, on the occasion of the Swiss Food Systems Summit that took place on 2 February 2023.