The strategy of the Swiss Confederation on international cooperation for the period 2017 to 2020 is set out in detail in a Federal Council dispatch that was adopted by Parliament in September 2016. It is based on the vision of a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development, from the perspective of the 2030 Agenda.

The SDC’s commitment is guided by its concern to reduce hardship and poverty and to overcome major global challenges such as climate change, migration flows and access to water. The SDC implements Switzerland’s international cooperation in close coordination with SECO and the Human Security Division of the FDFA. It is constantly expanding its activities in fragile contexts, where almost two thirds of the world’s poorest people are expected to be living by 2030.

Switzerland’s international cooperation includes all the activities it carries out in the areas of humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation with developing countries, economic and trade cooperation, transition aid for the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as peacebuilding and human security.

Global Context

Current global challenges do not stop at national borders.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Seventeen new goals have replaced the Millennium Development Goals.

The rationale for Switzerland’s commitment

Switzerland’s tradition of humanitarian solidarity is firmly anchored in its constitution.

Strategic objectives

Switzerland has set itself seven strategic objectives for the period 2017 to 2020.

Implementation instruments and partners

Switzerland is equipped with a comprehensive set of cooperation instruments and works with a broad range of partners.

Criteria of cooperation

Switzerland selects the countries with which it works and its partners according to a precise set of criteria.

Principles of cooperation

Cooperation with local actors is key to sustainable development.

Legal bases

Laws, ordinances and dispatches