At national level, an interdepartmental working group is looking at ways in which Switzerland can implement the SDGs. The FOAG is also involved.
The universality of the 2030 Agenda means that all states must make efforts to implement it at national level, in addition to their international involvement (e.g. through development co-operation).
In December 2015, the Swiss Federal Council decided to look at Switzerland’s key instruments and bodies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda – especially implementation of the SDGs – during the period 2016-2017 as part of a transitional phase, and to set up a national Follow-up and Reporting System. This is being carried out by the specially convened „National 2030 Agenda Working Group“ (AA2030). The Working Group is led jointly by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and ARE (Federal Office for Spatial Development). The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) is represented on the AA2030 together with other federal offices such as FSO (Federal Statistical Office), FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment), FOPH (Federal Office for Health), and the Directorate of Political Affairs of the FDFA (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs).
In practical terms, the AA2030 translates the SDGs into the Swiss context and then, using a Baseline Report and Gap Analysis, determines the present state of implementation (baseline) and related gaps in achievement of national targets. This is used as a basis for drawing up a report on the priority action required to achieve the SDGs. The AA2030 will also outline the necessary future processes, internal federal structures and instruments for implementing the 2030 Agenda, and the priority action required to achieve the SDGs in an explanatory paper to the Federal Council. In addition, the AA2030 is responsible for drawing up the Country Report on the state of implementation of the SDGs in Switzerland for the attention of the UN, for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018.
To enable the SDGs to be implemented at national level, responsibility for them will be transferred to the lead federal offices in charge of the sectorial policy areas during the transitional phase. This means that the SDG subsidiary goals in the policy area sustainable agriculture, food security and improved nutrition should be reflected in Agriculture Policy 22+.