Development cooperation and humanitarian aid from the UN

Poverty, AIDS, environmental degradation and water scarcity are just a few of the challenges that individual countries can no longer meet on their own. The United Nations (UN) play a central role in development cooperation and humanitarian aid worldwide. Switzerland also participates in the commitment of the international community.

In recent years Switzerland has channelled around 40% of its public development aid through international organizations. It is one of the most important providers of funds for the UN’s most significant development programmes.

Switzerland makes financial contributions and participates actively in the executive organs of these organizations. Most Swiss public funds for development are reserved for bilateral projects, which however are coordinated with UN programmes.

Swiss developpment and cooperation and the UN agencies

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Women, Peace and Security

Switzerland advocates for women to play an active role in conflict prevention and peace processes, in reconstruction efforts and in post-conflict reconciliation. At the same time, women should be better protected – especially from sexual violence. Switzerland reaffirms this commitment in its national action plan.




FDFA Action Plan against Torture

The fight against torture and ill-treatment has long been a Swiss foreign policy priority. The action plan maps out how Switzerland intends to uphold the absolute and universal ban on torture and ill-treatment, as well as the steps it will take to ensure its effective implementation.



Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2018

“Capacity development – turning knowledge into practice” is a multifaceted concept and a key component of international cooperation. How can people be empowered to act? How can police capacities be strengthened in crisis-stricken countries such as Mali? What role do international organisations play in this? Apart from the focus topic, the 03/18 edition also includes articles from Ukraine and Colombia.




Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda in Swiss International Cooperation

The Implementation Concept addresses all state and non-state actors associated with Swiss international cooperation.





The relation between international law and national law in Switzerland

By looking at examples, the brochure explains the interaction between international law and Swiss law. Where and when does which law apply and how does one influence the other?



Swiss Peace Supporter 2/2018

The latest edition of SPS focuses on 'Kosovo, a country in transition', with articles on SWISSCOY's move from a field camp in Prizren to Camp Novo Selo, dealing with the past and this young state's long path to democratization. In addition to the focus theme, this edition also includes current reports from Colombia, Western Sahara and the Central African Republic.



Report on Effectiveness: Swiss international cooperation in the field of gender equality 2007-2016

Gender equality is essential to achieving sustainable development. The study, which was carried out by a team of external experts, comprises an assessment of three distinct project and programme portfolios during the period from 2007 to 2016 that reflect our approach to implementing the FDFA’s gender equality policy.


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Annual Report 2015 SDC / SECO - Swiss International Cooperation

The Annual Report shows in five sections how in 2015 the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) opened up new prospects for the populations of their partner countries. In addition, the SDC provided emergency aid on the ground to the victims of armed conflicts and to forcibly displaced people.



Annual Report Statistics 2015 SDC / SECO – Swiss International Cooperation

The 'Statistics 2015' booklet of the Annual Report consists of two parts, one presenting key figures on official development assistance (ODA) and the other the annual expenditures of the SDC and of the SECO. The booklet contains tables and graphs providing readers with a detailed overview of Switzerland's international cooperation activities.




Report on the SDC's work against gender-baded violence

Addressing Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) is a topic in which SDC has amassed considerable experience over the last 15–20 years. This document brings together and analyses the knowledge generated over these years. Today SDC is supporting programmes directly addressing SGBV in 12 different countries, with a financial envelope of over CHF 10 million per annum.





Switzerland's Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism

With this Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), Switzerland wants to contribute to counter-terrorism through preventative measures. Tackling direct and structural causes of violent extremism requires long-term, sustainable commitment in transitional and fragile contexts as well as in conflict zones.



Swiss Peace Supporter 1/2016

This edition is dedicated to the subject of prevention – in terms of health and security – for people working in peacebuilding missions. For these experts involved on the ground, both physical and mental factors are important to maintaining a healthy balance between work and free time, and to carrying out missions successfully. This edition also looks at the issue of gender within the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the experience of the OAS in demobilising the different armed groups in Colombia.



Swiss Enlargement Contribution Annual Report 2015

The annual report contains an overview of concrete results and the status of project implementation. Over 500 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from the new EU member states received scholarships in 2015 to do research in Switzerland. Bulgaria introduced legislation that provides for outpatient care based on the Swiss Spitex model, and Slovenia halved the heating and electricity bills of schools through energy efficiency renovations and renewable energies.



The Swiss contribution – Reports on the results of Swiss international cooperation 2013-16

For the first time the SDC and SECO report together on the results achieved by Swiss international cooperation. The folder contains the reports “The achievements of the «SDC and SECO takes stock». Their purpose is to inform on the results achieved within the framework of the 2013–2016 Dispatch to Parliament on International Cooperation. Available only in printed format.


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The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.










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