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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Competence Centre for Reconstruction in Haiti (fr)

The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future.


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UNICEF in Haiti (fr)

The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future.


Publisher SDC

Waste Water – A 21st Century Challenge

San José Las Flores – a community in El Salvador takes action. The tragic loss of 37 children due to a cholera epidemic prompted the community of San José Las Flores to take action and tackle the sewage problem in their village. Thanks to its own initiative, and with support from SDC, San José Las Flores became one of the first villages not only in El Salvador but also in Central America to implement an innovative, sustainable and environmentally sound solution to the disposal and treatment of its domestic wastewater. In doing so, the village has pointed the way in how to improve health and quality of life of its residents.


Publisher SDC

50 years SDC

This video portrays the history of the SDC as it evolves from the Service for Technical Cooperation into the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Inspired by the jubilee motto «50 Years SDC – More than Aid», the video not only looks back at past achievements, but also casts a glance at the future.


Publisher SDC

Southern Africa: supporting children suffering from trauma (de)

The triple crisis of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and conflict is felt by millions of children and families in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2002, the SDC set up the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), creating a network of 13 countries in East and Southern Africa, in cooperation with the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The objective of this program is to provide millions of children with psychosocial support.


Publisher SDC

Micro-insurance: reducing the risks in rural areas (fr)

In the region of Tajra in Bolivia, grape vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Yet, every year, many small producers take on large debts to finance their future harvest. Unfortunately, the fruits of their labour are regularly endangered by hail, at times almost to the point of total destruction.


Publisher SDC

Water supply (Haiti)

The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future.


Publisher SDC

Health care (Haiti)

The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future.


Publisher SDC

Housing (Haiti)

The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future.




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Czech republic: Small-scale environmental projects

A Swiss-backed fund supported 33 environmental projects put forward by different municipalities and organisations. For example, the town of Prachatice organised seminars and excursions on the theme of waste separation and composting. Another project breathed new life into the Negrelli Viaduct in Prague, inviting restaurants, shops and exhibitions to open under its arches.





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.




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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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