Implementation in and by Switzerland
As early as 1997, well before the approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Switzerland adopted its own Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). In conjunction with other Swiss NGOs, Alliance Sud is campaigning for that Strategy to be aligned with the overarching goals of the 2030 Agenda and for coherence in Switzerland's policy on sustainability – both domestically and internationally. Alliance Sud is striving for a Swiss foreign (economic) policy that is in line with the 2030 Agenda and for new Swiss laws to be consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Alliance Sud monitors and analyses development cooperation policy, which is dominated by the industrialized countries. It supports the interest of developing countries and their peoples in helping to shape that policy in the UN framework and on an equal footing. In Switzerland, Alliance Sud militates for meaningful development cooperation that is not misused to pursue foreign economic policy, diplomatic or domestic policy ends. Besides, the aim of Alliance Sud is for Switzerland to devote 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid, as internationally agreed.
Climate and environment
Alliance Sud advocates a Swiss environmental and climate policy that respects the limits of our planet and atmosphere. The basis for this lies in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, which strives to limit global warming to 1.5-2.0°C over the pre-industrial level. Not only must Switzerland reduce its CO₂ emissions to zero by 2040, it must also acknowledge its share of responsibility for the causes and effects of global climate change. The global South needs support in coping with the consequences of climate change. Alliance Sud is calling on Switzerland for a major financial commitment above and beyond traditional development assistance; climate financing cannot be at the cost of poverty reduction, education and health.
Finance and tax policy
Alliance Sud advocates for a Swiss tax and finance policy that is in harmony with sustainable world development. As a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, it strives to combat worldwide tax avoidance by wealthy individuals and multinational enterprises, as tax flight undermines democracy and well-being worldwide. Switzerland bears very special responsibility in this regard, being still the world's largest offshore financial centre and a prominent tax haven. Alliance Sud militates in Switzerland for effective regulations on financial markets designed to promote the fair distribution of resources worldwide and contribute substantially to halting the economic exploitation of countries in the South.
Trade and investments
Alliance Sud analyses the rules of international trade and strives for them to be made more equitable. Negotiations in the multilateral framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are being increasingly supplanted by bilateral free trade agreements or partnership agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or the Trade in Services Agreement TISA. Both are attempts initiated by industrialized countries to further deregulate markets and limit the capacity of States to defend their own interests. As pertains to investment protection agreements, Alliance Sud also champions not only the protection of human rights, environmental standards and the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals, but also the compliance and monitoring of them.
Business and development
Alliance Sud is committed to a private sector engagement that fully contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the internationally recognized reference framework, the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 requires a collective effort to increase the mobilization of all types of resources and innovative solutions to ensure a positive impact on development. To this end, Alliance Sud requires that any partnership with the private sector in Switzerland's international cooperation be governed by strict social and environmental criteria.