Policy dialogue

Switzerland actively participates in international and multilateral processes and is engaged in dialogue to develop global rules, such as international conventions, processes and initiatives, like the Post-2015 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

By sharing its wealth of practical experience and expertise in the international policy dialogue, the SDC provides the technical foundation for the framework conditions conducive to sustainable development. In coordination with other federal agencies, the SDC actively participates in relevant international and multilateral processes to shape the global architecture. In addition, the SDC supports its partner countries in the development of norms and policies to cope with global and regional challenges.

Dialogue is the key to success

Switzerland  introduced its agenda in specific areas of the international policy dialogue and has achieved the following results, which are worth noting:

  • Through its work in the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the SDC was able to introduce development-specific components. The forum significantly contributed to a paradigm shift: migration is no longer perceived only as an obstacle for development cooperation, but also as a positive factor.
  • The SDC is involved in designing international climate mechanisms and works with the governing bodies of the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund and the Global Environment Facility.
  • Swiss expertise has helped to strengthen the exchange of know-how at the global level to reduce post-harvest losses, particularly in the storage of cereals and legumes. This has led to the development of new initiatives in this field in ten African countries.
  • Switzerland launched the Blue Peace initiative, which has helped facilitate political dialogue on transboundary water management in the Middle East (Turkey, Libya, Iraq, Jordan and Syria).

Global risks in the 2030 Agenda

In the international dialogue Switzerland has contributed to placing global challenges firmly on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development according to clearly defined thematic areas. These thematic areas are: climate change, food security, water, migration and development, health, and gender equality.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development