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.



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.



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 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.




The UN is reviewing how it operates to achieve the sustainable development goals


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The operational guide for the marketing markets work for the poor (M4P) approach

A comprehensive new set of three documents on the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P ) approach is now available. They intend to consolidate existing implementation experience and improve the understanding and uptake of market development approaches to achieve employment and income for the poor. The three documents, commissioned by the UK Department for International Development and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, are aimed at agency and government officials, consultants, researchers and practitioners.



Annual Report 2014 SDC / SECO - Swiss International Cooperation

Smallholder farmers, vocational education and innovation: The annual report of the SDC/SECO gives an overview of Switzerland's multifaceted international cooperation activities.



The SDC’s human rights programme in Honduras: Protecting the most vulnerable




Practice Guide to International Treaties

The present Guide describes as completely as possible the rules and practice followed by Switzerland in the field of treaties. It is primarily for practitioners of the federal administration, in Switzerland and in the representations abroad.The present Guide describes as completely as possible the rules and practice followed by Switzerland in the field of treaties. It is primarily for practitioners of the federal administration, in Switzerland and in the representations abroad.




Swiss polar research: Pioneering spirit, passion and excellence

Switzerland is at the forefront of international polar research. Swiss researchers are contributing to their country's global image. Twelve contributions illustrate their work at the north and south poles: what role do the Arctic and Antarctic play on our planet, how sensitive are they to anthropogenic global warming and what does this mean for the future – and for Switzerland?





Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict

Rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to civilians in armed conflict zones is essential. However, it is often impeded or refused. In two publications Switzerland advocates improvements in this area: The Manual provides a summary of the relevant rules of international law; the Guidelines are designed for humanitarian practitioners concerned with the question of access.



Humanitarian Access in situations of armed conflict

Rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to civilians in armed conflict zones is essential. However, it is often impeded or refused. In two publications Switzerland advocates improvements in this area: The Manual provides a summary of the relevant rules of international law; the Guidelines are designed for humanitarian practitioners concerned with the question of access.



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










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