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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Switzerland’s international cooperation is working. Final report on the implementation of the Dispatch 2017–20

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.

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Attachment of the Integration Office to the FDFA

Bern, 19.12.2012 - Starting from 1 January 2013, the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) within the FDFA is responsible for the coordination of Swiss policy on the European Union. It continues to carry out the tasks for which the Integration Office FDFA/FDEA has been responsible since 1961.

Negotiating Process

This section of the UN Reform Follow-Up Processes contains information on the work of Security Council Reform.

Global Institutions SDC

The Division Global Institutions bears the primary responsibility for the dialogue with multilateral institutions, in particular with the core institutions of the UN and the international financial institutions. It represents Switzerland’s development policy at conferences and summit meetings such as with the World Bank and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), while flanking the other organizational units of the SDC in their multilateral commitments.

United Nations website

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

PeaceWomen Across the Globe

PeaceWomen Across the Globe is the global network of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. All around the world there are courageous and creative PeaceWomen working for peace, social justice and a secure future, applying a wide range of approaches and methods. Their experience and knowledge and connections are united in the organization PeaceWomen Across the Globe.

Switzerland Global Enterprise

Switzerland Global Enterprise has been commissioned by the Swiss government to gather the performance mandates of export, location and import promotion under one roof. Switzerland Global Enterprise provides support to Swiss SMEs who are interested in exporting and links companies, experts and organisations around the world.

Internships at the European Parliament

Parliament offers several options for traineeships within its Secretariat, to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the European Parliament is and does.

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Publisher DEZA/SECO

The Swiss contribution in brief

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

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