Switzerland’s humanitarian policy

Armed conflicts, crises and natural disasters can put people in emergency situations beyond their own capacity to deal with. Switzerland’s humanitarian policy focuses on efforts to protect those people who are most at risk in these situations.

The aim of Switzerland’s humanitarian policy is to protect human life, rights and dignity before, during and after armed conflicts and crises. Special attention is given to the most vulnerable segments of the population, such as women, children and internally displaced persons.

Switzerland maintains a regular dialogue with other states, international organisations and non-governmental organisations, working with them to develop solution strategies and humanitarian standards. Within this context, Switzerland contributes to drafting UN resolutions, engages in advocacy and finances projects.

Protection of civilian populations

The safety and rights of vulnerable civilians are priorities of Swiss foreign policy.

Nansen Initiative

Improving protection for people displaced across borders by natural disasters, the Swiss strategy will be available in 2015.