CDE Annual Report 2017
Spotlight on transformations towards sustainability
“Our nation, our interests, our borders, our citizens”: In 2017, language like this appeared to signal that some countries were embracing the principle of self-interest. Clearly, such a stance is fundamentally at odds with the vision of sustainable development, which can only be achieved through shared responsibility and active partnership within the international community. Fortunately, this apparent political shift was not reflected in Swiss or global sustainable development initiatives. Instead, 2017 saw business, government administrations, and civil society increase their commitment to the concept of sustainability in response to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CDE thus sees itself strengthened in its role as a centre for sustainable development: We are ideally positioned to make a substantial, scientifically well-founded contribution to corresponding national and global efforts.