The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted in September 2015. Now it is a matter of implementing them – including in Switzerland.
The UN General Assembly has drawn up a new global target framework for sustainable development for the period 2016-2030 which was adopted in September 2015. This so-called 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) replaces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired at the end of 2015. Unlike the MDGs, the 2030 Agenda is universally applicable and is therefore also important for Sustainable Development in Switzerland.
One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda – SDG2 – explicitly concerns the area of sustainable agriculture, food security and improved nutrition. It consists of the following five subsidiary goals:
- End hunger;
- End malnutrition;
- Double the productivity and incomes of small-scale farmers;
- Ensure sustainable food production systems; and
- Maintain agricultural biodiversity.
There is also a raft of other subsidiary goals of the 2030 Agenda directly related to agriculture and the food sector in areas such as sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, water etc.
Agriculture and food sector policy will thus become a focus for national efforts [MPA1] to implement the 2030 Agenda. Its formation will have to take account of the SDGs, as well as relevant internationally-agreed standards, concepts and accepted obligations such as the right of all people to adequate food.