GENEVA, Feb 19 (IPS) – Carole Küng is Co-Director of the Biovision-affiliated community Sustainable Development Solution Network Switzerland (SDSN). The community mobilises analysis institutes, civil society organisations, political resolution makers and industries to develop options for implementing Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement in Switzerland.According to the Sustainable Development Report 2020, Switzerland ranks at a shameful 163 of 165 in phrases of so-called spillover results. This signifies that Switzerland buys higher sustainability scores in a quantity of areas, inserting appreciable burdens on different international locations and the world surroundings.
By importing items and companies, we trigger air air pollution and biodiversity loss in the international locations the place the items and companies come from, for instance by importing feedstuffs and artificial fertilizers that we want for our intensive agriculture – particularly our meat manufacturing.
In this manner, we’re not solely concealing our personal sustainability shortcomings; we’re additionally limiting the capacity of different international locations to realize their world sustainability targets.
What is Switzerland’s function in attaining the sustainability targets?
It is usually stated that Switzerland is simply too small to make a distinction in the combat for sustainable growth. Precisely as a result of of the spillover results, nevertheless, our monumental ecological footprint – and our appreciable involvement in world monetary flows which are detrimental to sustainability – demand that we enhance our world accountability.
Solutions want sturdy Swiss management. Sustainable Development Solutions Network Switzerland (SDSN), a UN initiative for implementing Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement, desires to actively work in direction of attaining the sustainability targets and advocate for goal-oriented insurance policies.
That is why we’re taking part in consultations and formulating proposals to enhance the present technique.
A constructive facet is that the technique displays a holistic understanding of sustainable growth and offers useful tips. However, the main shortcoming is that progressive concepts and goal-oriented options are missing.
The technique is especially primarily based on already existent practices and technique areas, and past these it stays imprecise.
What does this imply concretely? What enhancements does SDSN assume the technique wants?
We see this facet as paramount at this time: Switzerland urgently wants to acknowledge and assume its world accountability. This is the biggest leverage for attaining the sustainability targets.
On the one hand, it entails that Switzerland should cut back its world footprint, for instance by rethinking consumption. Solutions for how one can make life in Switzerland attainable whereas contemplating the planet’s carrying capability have to be recognized.
On the different hand, the technique offered ought to tackle how illegitimate monetary flows will be stopped.
Too a lot is predicated on voluntary motion, which is insufficient – for instance, the need for a extra sustainable banking and monetary centre: regardless of progress, actuality exhibits that rules are essential in order that short-term financial pursuits don’t detrimentally dominate folks and the surroundings.
Moreover, the technique has no monetary plan. We subsequently suggest, amongst different issues, that the federal coordination places of work obtain a price range.
Where is additional motion wanted?
It have to be ensured that enough assets circulate into sustainability analysis and cross-cutting implementation initiatives. This is as a result of analysis can determine efficient paths to transformation and develop concrete proposals for extra sustainable measures.
We additionally assume that technique ought to set extra bold targets. In some circumstances, they’re formulated extra weakly than in the 17 world targets or are utterly ignored. Here we name for extra concrete definitions and suggestions for motion for every sustainability objective.
What is the message to the federal authorities?
We want a technique that’s backed by the financial system but in addition by the group, with targets that aren’t watered down – definitely not decrease than the targets of Agenda 2030. We want a technique that presents workable, sustainable options with a monetary plan and efficient controlling – not one which solely finally ends up as an administrative report in a federal folder.
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