Strengthening the international focus on sustainable water use

A report entitled 'A Matter of Survival' is on the table.
Launch of the final report of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace in Geneva. © Presence Switzerland FDFA

The SDC is working to ensure that the ‘water goal’ in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is implemented rapidly and that water is afforded greater prominence at the international level. Switzerland's actions are based on the firm belief and its own experience that the sustainable management of water resources is essential to promote social, economic and environmental development and to maintain global peace.

SDC Focus

International efforts have already given rise to major improvements, for example in relation to drinking water and sanitation services. However, the results are still insufficient. At present, 844 million people still lack access to clean water. Furthermore, one-third of the world's population is still living without adequate sanitation facilities.

The SDC is committed to strengthening the implementation of the ‘water goal’ enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Alongside a group of countries, the SDC is supporting global political dialogue to ensure that international obligations are met and specific activities undertaken that will help achieve this goal. With its many years of experience in water management, Switzerland is making a considerable contribution to identifying comprehensive transboundary solutions. Moreover, the SDC is strengthening the voice of young people in policy dialogue both regionally and globally, for they are the potential water specialists of the future.

Water management is a particularly complex issue and one which the international community is addressing: Switzerland possesses broad expertise in this field. As stretches of two major European rivers, the Rhône and the Rhine, flow through the country, and a number of lakes extend across its borders, Switzerland has long experience in transboundary water management and can assist in developing solutions for other parts of the world.

Background

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a stand-alone ‘water goal’

Under the auspices of the SDC, Switzerland worked successfully together with a coalition of other countries to have water included as a stand-alone objective in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 6 covers the protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems as well as access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene. A further objective is to promote cross-border cooperation between states in order to ensure comprehensive water resources management that involves all users at all levels.

Water and human development

If a reliable supply of drinking water and access to adequate sanitation services are guaranteed, the population is more likely to remain in good health, thus reducing medical costs, while healthier children mean lower school absenteeism rates. Water points located close to human settlements help save precious time – time otherwise devoted to fetching water, a task often assigned to women and children.

Water is also essential to ensuring the livelihoods of people in rural areas, producing food and energy, and driving growth in industry and the services sector.

Furthermore, shortages of water can give rise to tension or even conflicts. 153 states share rivers, groundwater reserves or lakes with one or more neighbouring countries. Rivalries over water therefore have direct repercussions for peace and security. By contrast, commonly agreed, peaceful management fosters peace and stability.

Documents

Current projects

Object 61 – 72 of 3082

IDA: International Development Association – Core Contribution 2014-2017

01.07.2014 - 31.12.2023

The World Bank Group’s (WBG) mandate is to support countries in reducing poverty by creating opportunities for economic growth, strengthening governance, managing risks and empowering the poor and vulnerable. The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank Group that helps the world’s poorest countries.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Other
Sector not specified

01.07.2014 - 31.12.2023


CHF 752'750'000



Promoting the Quality of Basic Education in Chad (ProQEB)

A young mother takes advantage of learning opportunities at the literacy centre in Oum Hadjer in the Batha region of Chad.

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2018

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on 8 September to raise awareness of the value of a literate society and the challenges that still lie ahead. As part of a programme to improve access to education and the quality of basic education in Chad, the SDC is supporting literacy efforts aimed mainly at women.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Chad
Education
Primary education
Basic life skills

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2018


CHF 10'955'000



Disaster risk reduction and integrated watershed management in Muminabad, Tajikistan

A group of men standing next to the recently built outlet of a drainage canal.

01.07.2014 - 08.12.2016

In Muminabad District in Tajikistan, Switzerland is reducing the risk of natural disasters and promoting the integrated management of the Obishur and Chukurak watersheds. Sustainable agriculture and livestock production carried out by local people with the support of the local authorities creates the necessary conditions for integrated watershed management.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Tajikistan
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Environmental policy

01.07.2014 - 08.12.2016


CHF 1'199'525



The members of municipal councils working for democracy

Women and men assembled in a community hall.

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2020

With the ‘Empowering Municipal Councils’ project, Switzerland’s international cooperation is helping municipal councils in North Macedonia to become effective local authorities whose community policies take into account the interests of ordinary citizens.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Governance
Decentralisation

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2020


CHF 4'000'000



New approach in Bosnia and Herzegovina for democratisation

A man standing in front of a blue gate valve connected to a large blue pipe.

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s water and sanitation infrastructure is outdated and a large segment of the population has no access to a water supply. The starting point for the SDC’s project is good governance – the authorities must be transparent about building and renovation decisions, and ensure an inclusive political process for the citizens their decisions affect.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Governance
Public sector policy
Decentralisation
Democratic participation and civil society

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2020


CHF 12'000'000



AfDB/AfDF: African Development Bank / African Development Fund – Core Contribution

01.05.2014 - 31.12.2023

The mandate of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (AfDF) is to promote sustainable economic and social development in Africa by providing support for good governance and private sector development, infrastructure, higher education and vocational training. Switzerland has been supporting the AfDF since its foundation in 1972 and has been a member since 1982.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Africa
Other
Sector not specified

01.05.2014 - 31.12.2023


CHF 207'759'519



Improved climate data

Satellite image showing plumes of smoke rising from forest fires over Sumatra.

01.04.2014 - 31.03.2018

Together with the SDC, MeteoSwiss has committed itself to improving the climate information base worldwide. High-quality, long-term climate measurement series can be used to estimate the consequences of climate change and to provide a greater understanding of the related opportunities and risks. The project has now come to an end after five years.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection
Environmental policy

01.04.2014 - 31.03.2018


CHF 3'090'000



Health Care Waste Management in Kyrgyz Hospitals

Zulfia Djumaeva is using a needle cutter to destroy a used syringe. © SDC

01.04.2014 - 31.03.2017

Infectious hospital waste can be a serious threat for patients as well as for medical staff. Therefore, well-organised and safe management of all types of waste are indispensable for a safe environment in health institutions. With an innovative low-cost and thus sustainable approach, the Health Care Waste Management programme in Kyrgyz hospitals is a great success.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kyrgyzstan
Health
Primary health care
Health systems strengthening
Infectious desease

01.04.2014 - 31.03.2017


CHF 3'060'000



UN CC:Learn – Integrating climate change in school curricula

Three girls and a boy sitting in a classroom.

01.03.2014 - 31.08.2017

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organisations which supports member states in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing national strategies to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development (also referred to as climate change learning strategies).

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy
Biosphere protection
Disaster risk reduction DRR

01.03.2014 - 31.08.2017


CHF 3'000'000



Morocco gets accredited rescue team

Two rescue workers training inside a destroyed building with a search device.

01.03.2014 - 31.12.2016

Morocco has become the first country on the African continent to have a search and rescue team that meets international standards. Switzerland has been training specialists from the Moroccan civil protection services for several years. Morocco now has a rapid and effective disaster response system in place and will be able to reduce losses and limit the number of disaster victims resulting primarily from earthquakes.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Morocco
Climate change and environment
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Material relief assistance

01.03.2014 - 31.12.2016


CHF 890'000



A community-based mental healthcare system

01.03.2014 - 28.02.2018

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, much of the population is still suffering the consequences of the war which ravaged the Balkans in the 1990s. Since 2010, Switzerland has been helping the country to modernise its mental healthcare system to give patients access to high quality services in their communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Health
Mental health & well-being
Primary health care
Health systems strengthening

01.03.2014 - 28.02.2018


CHF 5'665'000



UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund – Core Contribution

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the UN development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. It works to enhance the right to sexual and reproductive health and supports countries to enable them to utilise demographic data in the formulation of policies and programmes to combat poverty.

Topic Period Budget
Health
Health systems strengthening

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016


CHF 48'000'000


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