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

Documents (12592)

Object 1 – 12 of 12592




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



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.



Object 1 – 12 of 12592

Videos (110)

Object 1 – 12 of 110



Publisher DEZA/SECO

The Swiss contribution in brief

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










Object 1 – 12 of 110

Documents (12592)

Object 61 – 72 of 12592


Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2017

The 2011 protest movements and uprisings triggered lengthy processes with uncertain outcomes in the countries of North Africa. What is left today of what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'? What foreign policy should Switzerland pursue in this region? This SPS provides an overview of the transition in North Africa and explains how Switzerland promotes peaceful change in the region.



FDFA Action Plan for the Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty 2017-2019

The action plan demonstrates how Switzerland and its partners team up to play a leading role in efforts to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Switzerland categorically opposes the death penalty under all circumstances.






FDFA Strategy on Gender equality and Women’s rights

The strategy sets out the principles of action and the key objectives of Swiss foreign policy regarding gender equality and women's rights. It outlines the basic principles of the commitment to make a genuine, tangible contribution to an inclusive and equitable society, creating greater prosperity for the benefit of all.



Flyer: Agenda 2030 - Switzerland and the Sustainable Development Goals

The flyer provides information on the content of the 2030 Agenda – with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – adopted by the UN member states in 2015. It also provides an overview of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Switzerland, cooperation with non-governmental and sub-national stakeholders and reporting to the UN.




Executive summary of the report on Effectiveness 2017: Swiss International Cooperation in the Field of Employment



Report on Effectiveness 2017: Swiss International Cooperation in the Field of Employment

The Report on Effectiveness 2017 presents the achieved results of the international cooperation of SDC and SECO in the field of employment between 2005-2014. Independent experts have assessed the effectiveness of more 72 projects and programs. The report also shows which factors have influenced the effectiveness. The SDC and SECO regularly produce reports on effectiveness in order to analyze the achieved results of their interventions in certain thematic fields.



Object 61 – 72 of 12592

Videos (110)

Object 37 – 48 of 110

Publisher SDC

"Today’s reality of smallholder farms“

Through the story of the Traoré family in West Africa, the film provides an insight into the life of smallholder farmers in developing countries. The film shows that poorly functioning markets, insufficient opportunities for education, training and information, the effects of climate change, and poor access to land and water prevent family farms from realising their full potential.


Publisher SDC

Can we feed the world?

Over the next 30 years, the world’s population is set to increase from 7 to around 9 billion people. More than 800 million people go hungry today. Three quarters of them live in rural areas and largely depend on farming for their livelihood. At the same time, food prices are rising, which has a particularly negative impact on people living in poverty in food-importing countries. Global changes in food production and distribution are necessary.



Publisher SDC

ICRAF – Re-greening Africa's landscape

Working with the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), the SDC has financed 20 case studies on the impact of agricultural research in developing countries. Three of these have been turned into short films.The three films showcase the work of international agricultural research institutions supported by EIARD and its partner organizations in Cambodia and in Africa. Switzerland is a member of EIARD.


Publisher SDC

Building resilience – people with greener land

Strengthening the resilience to drought and disaster through sustainable land management is key.Land users’ experiences concerning resilient land management practices are highlighted in the trailer; the importance of up-scaling these experiences is shown. If people around the globe manage land in a sustainable way and share their experiences, resilience to climate change, drought, and disaster can be strengthened. The key question remains: how can these experiences on resilient land management be linked and integrated into the national drought policy?


Publisher SDC

Film on the cash project for Syrian refugees (de)

The videos created for the Annual Conference portray Switzerland’s humanitarian aid operations. The video on Lebanon accompanies a member of the SDC on her visits to various Syrian refugee families whose Lebanese hosts receive support from the SDC.


Publisher SDC

IITA – Tackling killer aflatoxins in African food crops

Working with the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), the SDC has financed 20 case studies on the impact of agricultural research in developing countries. Three of these have been turned into short films.The three films showcase the work of international agricultural research institutions supported by EIARD and its partner organizations in Cambodia and in Africa. Switzerland is a member of EIARD.


Publisher SDC

WorldFish – Building resilient community fisheries in Cambodia

Working with the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), the SDC has financed 20 case studies on the impact of agricultural research in developing countries. Three of these have been turned into short films.The three films showcase the work of international agricultural research institutions supported by EIARD and its partner organizations in Cambodia and in Africa. Switzerland is a member of EIARD.


Publisher SDC

Opening film: What does fragility mean?

At the annual conference 2013, the SDC and SECO presented Switzerland’s commitment in fragile contexts. Switzerland supports its partner countries to help them increase their autonomy, security and resilience.There are some 1.5 billion people in the world living in fragile circumstances. They lack basic state services, live in precarious security conditions and cannot count on the protection of their human rights. Development cooperation in such regions is a real challenge.


Publisher SDC

Film: Myanmar – a long road ahead (de)

The videos created for the Annual Conference portray Switzerland’s humanitarian aid operations. The video on Myanmar describes the efforts made by the SDC in setting up hospitals in particularly remote areas.


Publisher SDC

Project film Niger (fr)

At the annual conference 2013, the SDC and SECO presented Switzerland’s commitment in fragile contexts. Switzerland supports its partner countries to help them increase their autonomy, security and resilience.There are some 1.5 billion people in the world living in fragile circumstances. They lack basic state services, live in precarious security conditions and cannot count on the protection of their human rights. Development cooperation in such regions is a real challenge.


Publisher SDC

Scuola Dimitri

At the annual conference 2013, the SDC and SECO presented Switzerland’s commitment in fragile contexts. Switzerland supports its partner countries to help them increase their autonomy, security and resilience.There are some 1.5 billion people in the world living in fragile circumstances. They lack basic state services, live in precarious security conditions and cannot count on the protection of their human rights. Development cooperation in such regions is a real challenge.

Object 37 – 48 of 110