The Dispatch outlines the Federal Council's strategic priorities in Switzerland's international cooperation for 2017–2020.
Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020
Switzerland's international cooperation efforts aim to reduce poverty and global risks, alleviate suffering, and promote peace and respect for human rights. Through such activities, Switzerland works to encourage global sustainable development in a way that respects the environment through the sustainable management of natural resources.
Switzerland's international cooperation in 2017–2020 draws on framework credits for each of the five policy instruments:
- Humanitarian aid
- Technical cooperation and financial aid for developing countries
- Economic and trade policy measures for development cooperation
- Transition aid and cooperation with Eastern Europe
- Measures for the promotion of peace and human security
Besides the FDFA, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) is also involved in international development cooperation.