SDSN Switzerland Conference 2019

"The Sustainability Transformation: A Joint Task for Our Society"

21 May 2019, 9:15 - 17:30


Morning: Learning Journeys at various locations in and around Bern

Afternoon: PROGR - Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern

SDSN Switzerland Conference 2019

Why this Conference?

Humanity is at a crossroads. A transformation towards a sustainable future is necessary – a future which sees the realization of peaceful, just and inclusive societies, the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources, and the creation of conditions for shared prosperity. The Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, presents a frame of reference for this transformation.

How do we trigger such a sustainability transformation in Switzerland? First and foremost, sustainable development is a societal task. With the help of everybody – policy makers, the private sector, civil society and science – sustainable pathways can be designed and implemented in areas such as consumption patterns, finance systems, energy and mobility, food systems, etc. A sustainable society also needs cultural norms that enable us to draw long-term visions and develop solutions aimed at breaking through existing consumption patterns, norms, objectives and value systems.

Objectives and Target Audience

The objective of the SDSN Switzerland Conference 2019 is to trigger the debate and deepen the knowledge around how to shape the sustainability transformation in Switzerland. Furthermore, we endeavor to send a convincing message to decision makers and the larger public on how to shape the sustainability transformation in and for Switzerland, e.g. in key areas such as education, research and innovation, international cooperation, or the upcoming federal elections 2019.

The target audience are policy makers, scientists, civil society representatives, politicians, government workers, entrepreneur, artists, activists, spiritual leaders, etc. willing to broaden the horizon and to start working on the sustainability transformation in Switzerland. We particularly aim at bringing together stakeholders that may be critical of a “sustainability transformation”.

Program (tentative)

Welcome Coffee & Tea



Welcome & Introduction to Learning Journeys



Learning Journeys

6 parallel sessions at various venues in and around Bern

  • Sustainable textiles

  • Mobility of the future

  • Inclusion & Migration

  • Gender Diversity

  • Urban development

  • Food culture and trends


Networking Lunch



Transport from Learning Journeys to the Conference Venue

Dessert & Coffee


Harvesting from the Learning Journeys

Learnings, insights and (potential) actions from the Learning Journeys


Short Break


Shaping the Sustainability Transformation

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner

Director United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Chair of German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Co-Chair SDSN Germany




Let Us Work Together for a Sustainable Future of Switzerland

Interactive panel session with:

Franziska Barmettler
Vorstandsmitglied Operation Libero

Jacqueline de Quattro
Conseillère d’Etat Canton de Vaud, Présidente de la Conférence suisse des directeurs cantonaux des travaux publics, de l’aménagement du territoire et de l’environnement

Daniel Dubas

Delegate of the Federal Council for the Agenda 2030

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner

Moderation: Florian Egli



Prof. Dr. Urs Wiesmann & Océane Dayer, Co-Chairs of SDSN Switzerland


Conference Apéro

Conference languages: German & French (simultaneous translation will be provided during the afternoon session)

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