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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
 Alll short films

Annual Report SDC / SECO 2013
Annual Report SDC / SECO 2013
(inculsive Statistics Brochure)
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

Multilateral cooperation


Multilateral cooperation is an important element of Swiss development cooperation. Thanks to their long years of experience and considerable resources, multilateral organisations – such as international financial institutions, UN agencies and development banks – make an important contribution to solving problems affecting developing countries worldwide. Some 37% of all Swiss development cooperation funds are disbursed to such organisations in the form of general financial assistance (known as core contributions). Bilateral cooperation accounts for 63%. One fifth of these bilateral funds are used for projects that are directly implemented by multilateral organisations on the ground.

Multilateral cooperation boosts Switzerland's image abroad and creates favourable conditions for strengthening cooperation with other countries and international networks.

 Why does Switzerland support the work of international organisations?
Global challenges have a particularly strong impact on poor countries and demand global solutions. Multilateral organisations can meet these transnational challenges effectively.

How does Switzerland work with multilateral organisations?
In its work with multilateral organisations, Switzerland offers expertise, technical support and funding.

Which organisations does Switzerland work with?
Switzerland mainly works with 13 multilateral organisations and five multilateral humanitarian aid organisations.

In the spotlight

Un membre de la force de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies en poste au Liberia. 16 novembre 2012. © ONU/Staton Winter

The multilateral Accent, March 2014
The long road that lies ahead of fragile states
Fragile states require long-term support, until such time as stability can be restored. Development banks and the UN have considerable means at their disposal and exert a major influence. Switzerland has already demonstrated a firm commitment to a more efficient and coordinated multilateral system.

L'accent multilatéral (fr)
Previous editions


United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Swiss national appointed commissioner-general of UNRWA
Pierre Krähenbühl, current director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has been appointed commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon.

Media release 20.11.2013

Ambassador Urs Herren

Switzerland’s support in Nepal
“The elections are an important step in the ongoing peace process in Nepal”
On 19 November 2013 elections will take place in Nepal for a new constituent assembly. In an interview, Ambassador Urs Herren explains how and why Switzerland is committed to a sustainable political system in Nepal.


Cover of the State of World Population Report © UNFPA

30.10.2013: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2013
Teenage pregnancies are a tragedy
Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. Girls who become mothers too young generally have to neglect their own education. In its report, the United Nations Population Fund demands that girls be given information about contraception early on and that the right to education be applied. The SDC is also actively involved in strengthening the autonomy and independence of young people, making early pregnancy considerably less likely.

State of World Population Report
UNFPA project in South Africa supported by the SDC
SDC activities in the field of reproductive health
The UNFPA and Switzerland

67th General Assembly of the United Nations in 2012, New York. © Keystone

New York, 23–27.9.2013
Switzerland at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly
Switzerland hosted two events to coincide with the UN General Assembly: one devoted to the protection of civilians and the other to the topic of water. At the General Assembly it also advocated improved monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals on development, nuclear disarmament and international criminal justice.

Ministerial event water security

UN consultation in a market in Kigali, Rwanda, in May 2013

The Multilateral Accent: September 2013 edition
The UN has its ears open to the world
An unprecedented process. The preparation of the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda constitutes a mobilisation of UN resources on a scale never seen before.

The Multilateral Accent: September 2013 [fr]
The Swiss web portal for the post-2015 agenda

Portrait of Michel Mordasini. © SDC

Bern: 12.8.2013
Michel Mordasini appointed vice-president of IFAD
Michel Mordasini, currently assistant director-general with the SDC, is to assume the role of vice-president with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This United Nations agency based in Rome invests over CHF 1 billion each year in agricultural development and food security projects.

Press release
CV Michel Mordasini

UNO Logo

Geneva: 1-26 July 2013
ECOSOC in Geneva: Efficiency and effectiveness in focus
Reform to ensure a more efficient and effective UN development system was one of Switzerland’s main focuses at the annual session of the UN Economic and Social Council in Geneva.

Article, 11.07.2013

The Regional Conference on Population and Development in Geneva. © SDC

Geneva: 1 - 2 July 2013
Regional Conference on Population and Development
The UN Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 set out a ground-breaking Programme of Action centred on gender equality and freedom of choice for women and men with regard to reproductive health. The conference "Enabling Choices: Population Priorities for the 21st Century", which took place in Geneva within the context of a review of this Programme of Action and was chaired by Switzerland, clearly confirmed the Programme's continued relevance today.

Conference website

Thomas Gass: Swiss diplomat appointed to high position in the UN. © SDC

Activity in multilateral organisations
The benefits of Switzerland's presence
The number of Swiss employees in multilateral development organisations is increasing. This leads to extensive networks that can be used to exchange competences, to establish a greater international presence and to benefit from opportunities in the private sector. The June edition of " Multilaterale Akzente (Multilateral Accents)" illustrates the benefits of this increased presence for Switzerland. A series of short films describes the work of employees of UN organisations in Geneva. http://www.ddc.admin.ch/de/Home/Themen/Nothilfe_und_Wiederaufbau/Praevention

Multilateral Accent, June 2013 [fr] 
Archive «Multilateral Accent»
Swiss diplomat appointed to high position in the UN
Protract videos

Die Wünsche der Bevölkerung für die Zukunft der Welt. (© DEZA)

What will happen until 2015 – and beyond?
Seeking new development and sustainability goals
On 5 April 2013, the countdown for the Millennium Development Goals has begun, signalling 1000 days until the final deadline expires in 2015. What will happen after that? This question is already in the focus of Switzerland and the international community as a whole.

Swiss Platform
Interview with ths Special Representative

Cover Bild des Konzepts für die multilaterale humanitäre Hilfe (© UNO)

New Publication
Multilateral Humanitarian Aid Concept
This document outlines Switzerland’s strategy and priorities relating to humanitarian multilateral aid for the period 2013–2016. It explains how Swiss Humanitarian Aid will strengthen its multilateral activities through financial and in-kind contributions as well as secondments to multilateral organizations. It also provides information on SDC humanitarian objectives, approaches and partnerships.

Multilateral Humanitarian Aid Concept
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