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Development cooperation with the South: In South Sudan, the SDC is supporting the launch of an independent, multilingual radio station. Switzerland is thus making a contribution to freedom of expression and helping to defuse conflicts. (© Hirondelle Foundation/Jean-Luc Mootoosamy)Humanitarian aid: Swiss Rescue in action after the 2009 earthquake in Padang, Indonesia. (© SDC/Richard Brogle)Cooperation with Eastern Europe: young people learn to grow vegetables at an agricultural school in Pristina. With this project, the SDC is enhancing young people's employability on Kosovo's labour market. (© SDC)Economic cooperation: SECO's support for a project to upgrade the Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants sector is boosting the income-earning capacity of the local population. A simple method for drying marigolds. (© SECO)

The Confederation’s Strategy on International Cooperation in the period 2013–2016 is set out in detail in a Federal Council Dispatch adopted by Parliament in September 2012. It is directly linked to its foreign policy objectives and its economic foreign policy strategy.

The Strategy encompasses all the areas of international cooperation, which targets the reduction of poverty and global risks, and specifies in particular, Switzerland’s objectives, principles instruments and policy direction.

Global context
The Millennium Development Goals
Why Switzerland is committed
Switzerland’s strategic objectives
Implementation instruments
 Partnerships with the private sector

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