Walk the talk: SDG Walk in Bern, Switzerland

By Platform Agenda 2030

In November, Switzerland’s capital Bern got its first SDG walk. The walk brings life to the SDGs by linking them to existing initiatives and institutions. From the main station via the government building, the city library or a shop selling vegetables and fruits that are not conform to norms in the department stores: every one of the 15 stations gives an insight into several of the SDGs, thus illustrating their interconnectedness. It puts the spotlight on the numerous actors that are already making their contribution to a sustainable future, often on a small scale at the local level. Many of them did not wait for a global framework such as the Agenda 2030. For example, the city libraries, which have always followed the motto “sharing instead of owning” and are important actors for meetings, exchange and access to information. Or the town hall: with 69% of women sitting in the city parliament, it gives a strong role model for women in politics. 

The walk can be done life or online. It is a pilot project developed by the Swiss CSO Platform Agenda 2030 and shall be transferred to other cities in Switzerland over the coming months. Maybe even to other countries? 


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