A participatory and efficient follow-up and review mechanism for the 2030 Agenda is essential for the success of the SDGs.
An efficient follow-up and review mechanism is required in order to be able to measure progress in achieving the SDGs. It should first and foremost include contributions from individual countries, but should also take account of those from other relevant actors such as international organisations, NGOs and the private sector.
The following framework conditions are important for the contributions of individual states to follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda:
- All states should draw up holistic national strategies for implementing the 2030 Agenda as soon as possible;
- The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) acts as a central committee for the global follow-up and review mechanism. This mechanism will run in a four-year cycle. The HLPF will meet once a year under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and every four years under the UN General Assembly as a meeting at heads of state and government level.
- Every country is to report regularly until 2030. The first cycle will end in 2019 with the next UN Summit. Within this first four-year period, Member States are asked to clarify implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national level and its integration into national strategies, and to report to the UN.
At national level, the Swiss Federal Council has entrusted the interdepartmental „National 2030 Agenda Working Group“ (AA2030) with the task of drawing up an initial Swiss Country Report as input for the 2018 HLPF. The FOAG is an active member of the AA2030, which is led jointly by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and ARE (Federal Office for Spatial Development).
Apart from the global level, regional committees and relevant existing international forums will also be involved in the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review mechanism. For example, Switzerland is supporting the proposal that the Committee on World Food Security, CFS, should play a part in monitoring SDG subsidiary goals in the area of sustainable agriculture, food security and improved nutrition.
Last modification 15.03.2017