Access to health services has significantly improved in low-income and middle income countries over the last two decades. Yet, millions of people continue to die every year. Rather than expanding existing health systems, the focus must be on improving the quality of healthcare.
This report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 13. January 2021, is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–2023 (FPS 20–23). In accordance with objective 6.2 set out in the FPS 20–23, Switzerland has formulated a Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy. The Federal Council has also fulfilled the Gugger Postulate 19.4628 with the report.
The objectives of the guidebook are to demonstrate the importance of SCF with regard to the goals of the development banks and other public entities, to discuss the interests of stakeholders and main participants, to provide descriptions of various approaches for SCF initiatives and how they pursue the private-sector involvement, to explain the features of relevant products and how the establishment of adequate enabling frameworks can support the SCF market, and to provide step-by-step guidance on the development and implementation process for an SCF initiative.
To mark the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 'Women, Peace and Security”, this Swiss Peace Supporter edition focuses on the role and contributions of women in peacebuilding. Testimonials from experts working for NATO and for the UN in Ethiopia underscore the fact that despite the progress made to date, this remains a vitally important task.
The new Guidelines on Partnering with Sponsors condensed into this document offer a binding framework for the FDFA, at the head office in Berne, but also through the network of Swiss representation. They support all FDFA staff entering into partnerships with sponsors.
The present report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 14 October 2020, is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23. In accordance with objective 6.3, Switzerland has formulated a strategy for the MENA region.
The present report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 4 November 2020, is a thematic follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23 (FPS 2020–23). At the same time, it serves as a response to postulate 17.3789 of former National Councillor Claude Béglé of 28 September 2017.
This magazine on Swiss foreign policy publishes articles written by experts. It appears several times a year. The articles are published usually in the language in which they were written. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the FDFA.
Although artistic freedom is enshrined in one of UNESCO's conventions, prospects for living out one's culture through artistic expression are under attack – all over the world. Yet it is precisely this area that has major potential to help foster social change, pluralistic societies and sustainable development.
This strategy for 2021–24 presents a number of goals and the measures to be taken to achieve them. Focusing largely on the Federal Council’s areas of responsibility, it presents measures specifically directed at the Federal Administration. Indirectly, however, it is intended that this strategy will have a wider influence.
How is the fight against poverty progressing? What actions have the various countries taken to achieve the UN's sustainable development objectives? How can rapid and effective action be taken when a crisis breaks out? With Agenda 2030, the collection and analysis of statistical data has also become more important for development cooperation. However, not all countries have effective institutions.
This Research Concept for the Development and Cooperation policy sector outlines the most important challenges and objectives of Swiss international cooperation as well as the research priorities in regard to development and cooperation.