Following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Federal Council established the Interdepartmental Sustainable Development Committee (ISDC) for the coordination of sustainable development at national level.
Along with 178 other countries, in 1992, Switzerland committed to developing and implementing a national and international sustainable development policy. In response to this pledge the Federal Council established the Interdepartmental Sustainable Development Committee (ISDC).
Approximately 30 federal agencies and authorities, whose activities are relevant to sustainable development, are involved in the ISDC. The ISCD fulfils the following tasks:
- Coordination of federal policy in the area of sustainable development.
- Interdepartmental and interagency coordination of federal activities which are of significance to sustainable development.
- Joint development of strategies and measures for Switzerland’s implementation of Agenda 21.
- Coordination of the positions adopted by Switzerland within international processes and reporting to the international bodies (e.g. the United Nations).
- Fostering of relationships within the federal administration and with the private sector and civil society.
Source: Federal Office for Spatial Development