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The SDC's Global Programs
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Films - An insight into the SDC
Globale Themen

A number of short films provide an insight into the SDC’s mission

Global themes
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Alll short films

Strategy 2013–2016
Four framework credits, one Message

What are the new strategic orientations of Switzerland’s international cooperation? Which principles guide and which instruments are applied in Switzerland’s international cooperation?
Strategy 2013–2016

Global challenges

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Climate change, food and water crises as well as migration are topics of concern to all mankind in a globalised world. It is for this reason that SDC has developed Global Programs to meet these challenges and promotes globalization that favors development.

Global program objective, legitimation and mandate
The thematic priorities and the modus operandi of the Global Programs

Spotlight on

The Keban Dam on the Euphrates in Turkey. © World Bank/Yosef Hadar

Global Brief, March 2014
Water for peace
The Blue Peace initiative, launched by Switzerland in 2011, is based on the principle that coordinating water resources at the regional level can be a tool for peace.

Global Brief
Previous editions

A river. © Wikimedia Commons

Water: A major challenge in Switzerland and abroad
The review “Politorbis”, edited by the FDFA, dedicated its last edition to the management and preservation of drinking water, one of the SDC’s priorities. The articles have been written in simple, accessible language by specialists from various fields to explain the challenges surrounding the issues.

Politorbis, N°55 (fr)
Theme page: Water

The Badam Bagh National Seed Laboratory in Kabul, Afghanistan

Global Brief, November 2013
Innovation in agriculture, an important tool for tackling poverty
To reduce poverty, it is essential that agricultural research be adapted to the needs of developing countries and geared towards the concerns of smallholder farmers. How does information get transferred from the lab to the field? And how can we ensure that innovative ideas thought up in research facilities correspond to what the farmers actually need?

Global Brief

Alliance mondiale pour le savoir sur les migrations et le développement

Migration: Platform for researchers
Launch of global "Migration and Development" knowledge management platform
With the launch of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) in Geneva, researchers from around the world are being called upon to share their knowledge, generate new knowledge and make it accessible to the public. Switzerland provides financial support to this new World Bank instrument and is a member of its steering committee.


Construction sites, such as here in Egypt, often use immigrant labour. ©ILO/M. Crozet

Global Brief, July 2013
Migration, a force for development
The process of globalisation has led to an increase in migration, a phenomenon that presents international cooperation with both opportunities and challenges. This raises a number of essential questions, such as the importance of migration for development, what role Switzerland plays and the action it takes. At a time when the United Nations is working on its post-2015 development agenda, the need to find answers to these questions is more pressing than ever.

Global Brief

Bundesrat Didier Burkhalter mit der chilenischen Umweltministerin Maria Ignacia Benitez und dem Präsident der Fundacion Chile bei der Lancierung des Projekts SuizAgua in Chile, 2.4.2012. (© EDA)

Chile, Peru and Colombia
Visit to South America of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is visiting South America from 2 to 8 April 2013. He is scheduled to visit Chile, Peru and Colombia during this trip under the triple theme of “water, the economy and human security”.


Small Farmer in his teak plantation in Togo ©SDC

Global Brief, March 2013
Forests to the rescue of climate and development
Forest preservation plays a vital role in the battle against climate change. Not only do forests act as vast carbon stocks but they also ward off soil erosion and regulate water cycles. This Global Brief shows that forests can only be managed sustainably if a balance is struck between the social, economic and environmental functions that these natural resources serve.

Global Brief

Mine in Peru

27 March 2013
Federal Council publishes background report on commodities
The background report on commodities published by the Federal Council on 27 March 2013 highlights the economic importance of the commodities industry. It further shows that Switzerland already does a great deal to safeguard its competitiveness and its integrity as a business location and makes recommendations.

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