The Swiss Tourism Dialogue on SDGs (SwissTourism4SDGs) is a broad-based initiative supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO to anchor the Agenda 2030 with its 17 sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the tourism industry.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint for economic, social and ecological development up to 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries, civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests.
Switzerland is committed to the implementation of Agenda 2030 at both national and international level, and tourism as a cross-cutting sector can make an important contribution to achieving these goals.
With the Swiss SDG Tourism Dialogue, we are networking the players in Swiss incoming and outgoing tourism with the aim of ensuring that, thanks to the exchange of knowledge, innovative ideas and good practice the SDGs can be achieved in a more targeted, effective and rapid manner.
Consequently, the Swiss SDG Tourism Dialogue does not develop its own measures to help reach the SDGs more effectively but supports initiatives by finding suitable partners for them, tapping into missing knowledge and actively communicating these initiatives within the network.