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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Swiss Peace Supporter 4/2019

This latest edition focuses on recruiting experts for field operations. Police deployments on peacebuilding missions are the subject of one article, illustrated by Switzerland's engagement in Mali. A further article looks at mediation within the OSCE. Another recounts a day in the life of a young UN volunteer in Mexico.







Swiss Guidelines on human rights defenders

Switzerland supports the work of human rights defenders and aims to improve their protection on the ground from arbitrary treatment, threats and violence. The FDFA's guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders serve as a framework for the Swiss representations abroad.



30 years of Swiss participation in election observations: Review and outlook

This anniversary publication places Switzerland's election observation operations in their historical context, explains the comprehensive approach behind election observation and electoral assistance from different perspectives, and sets out some of the new challenges we face in the digital age. The analysis and statistics are complemented by field reports from 30 years of election observation.



Die konsularischen Dienstleistungen des EDA: Jahresausgabe 2018

Die Welt der konsularischen Dienstleistungen in Zahlen (2018). Die jährlich aktualisierte Broschüre zeigt auf, welche Dienstleistungen das EDA in der Schweiz als auch im Aussennetz für die Schweizerbürgerinnen und Schweizerbürger erbringt.



Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2019

This issue assesses the progress achieved and new challenges faced in implementing the anti-personnel mine ban convention. The 4th Review Conference, to be held in Oslo in November 2019, will provide an opportunity to renew the treaty's commitment to a mine-free world in response to some recent, worrying statistics. In addition, we look back on the 30th anniversary of Switzerland's participation in international election observation missions.



Swiss Peace Supporter 2/2019

On 23 June 1999, the Federal Council made the decision to participate in the UN military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Since then, 620 women and 7,880 men have been involved in peacekeeping operations with the ‘Swiss Company’, abbreviated to SWISSCOY. This latest edition of ‘Swiss Peace Supporter’ tracks the progress of the peacekeeping mission. It also includes eye-witness reports of election monitoring in Ukraine and Nigeria.




Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.


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










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Vocational skills development: key to employment and income

The brochure illustrates the SDC engagement in vocational education and training. First, the Swiss vocational education and training system is briefly explained. Second, examples of VET projects in Nepal, Albany, Niger, Bangladesh and Honduras are presented in order to illustrate how, where and which elements of the Swiss VET system are implemented in the partner countries.



Swiss Foreign Policy strategy 2016-19

The strategy sets out the Federal Council's priorities and areas of special interest in foreign policy. Its strategic objectives for the 2016-2019 legislative period include consolidating and regulating relations with the EU and the EU and EFTA countries, working more closely with global partners, expanding mediation activities in the field of peace and security, and pursuing the commitment to sustainable development and prosperity.



Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020: Key points in brief

The short version of the dispatch indicates the areas where the Federal Council has set its priorities in international cooperation for the period 2017–2020 – for a world without poverty, living in peace, and for sustainable development. The areas concerned are humanitarian aid, development cooperation, economic and trade policy measures in the context of development cooperation, transition cooperation in Eastern Europe, and the promotion of peace, human rights and security.



Evaluation Report on the Swiss Contribution 2015: Key points in brief

An independent evaluation has confirmed the federal authorities have achieved good results in implementing Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. This report summarises the key findings of the evaluation and outlines the progress and achievements of the Swiss contribution.




Policy Sector Development and Cooperation: Research Concept 2017-2020

This Research Concept 2017-2020 for Development and Cooperation outlines the most important challenges and objectives of Swiss International Cooperation as well as the focus areas for development and cooperation research. Research funding is directed in particular towards the global themes of climate change and the environment, agriculture and food security, water and health as well as employment and conflict prevention, which were also defined as research focus.



How an SDC funded project successfully introduced local democracy in all villages and communes of two vietnamese provinces




The SDC contribution : Report on the result of Swiss international cooperation 2013–2016

The report ‚The SDC Contribution‘ aims to inform about the results of our work and the challenges we faced in realising the goals adopted by the Parliament in the framework of the Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2013 – 2016. It illustrates results with concrete examples which contribute to worldwide poverty reduction.





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