Switzerland welcomes approval of UN resolution regarding the Statistical Commission’s work on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On 6 July 2017 the UN General Assembly approved the statistical resolution entitled “Work of the UN Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Switzerland made a decisive contribution to the approval of this resolution and was actively involved in its elaboration.
This resolution gives the UN Statistical Commission, the national statistics offices as well as the international organisations concerned, a clearly defined mandate to develop the fundament for the global monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 231 global indicators devised by a group of experts for the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. The resolution recognises that national data from official statistics offices should form the basis for these indicators.
Enterprises in Switzerland devoted more than CHF 15.7 billion to their research and development activities (R&D) in 2015. This represents a rise of 10% compared with 2012. Almost 57,000 people worked within enterprises to carry out these research activities. At international level, Switzerland is among those countries where enterprises are the most active in R&D.
These are some of the main findings from the survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in partnership with economiesuisse.
At its sitting of 2 December 2016, the Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation on the partial amendment to the law on the business identification number (BINA) and sent the corresponding dispatch to Parliament. The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) will manage an international identification number in Switzerland.