The Confederation’s Strategy on International Cooperation in the period 2013–2016 is set out in detail in a Federal Council Dispatch adopted by Parliament in September 2012. It is directly linked to its foreign policy objectives and its economic foreign policy strategy.

The Strategy encompasses all the areas of international cooperation, which targets the reduction of poverty and global risks, and specifies in particular, Switzerland’s objectives, principles instruments and policy direction.

Global Context

The current major challenges for international cooperation

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The international community agrees on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its 17 goals replace the Millennium Development Goals.

Why is Switzerland committed?

The humanitarian tradition and why international cooperation is also in Switzerland's interest

Strategic objectives

Switzerland's five strategic objectives for the years 2013–2016

Implementation channels and instruments

Different types of cooperation and partners

Criteria of cooperation

Switzerland's criteria for selecting the countries and organisations it works with

Cooperation principles

Cooperation with local partners is essential for sustainable development

Legal bases

Laws, Ordinances and Messages