The Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, AC IC, is an extra-parliamentary committee. Its primary task is to advise the Federal Council and federal offices, including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, the Human Security Division, HSD, of the Directorate of Political Affairs within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO, of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.
Tasks of the Advisory Committee on International Cooperation
- The Advisory Committee provides advice to the Federal Council on international cooperation, humanitarian aid and cooperation with Eastern European countries.
- In particular, it is responsible for reviewing the goals, priorities, and overall approach to development cooperation.
- It is permitted to make its own recommendations under Article 25 of the Ordinance on International Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid (SR 974.01).
Composition AC IC
The Advisory Committee has 23 members in the following categories:
- Parliament: each parliamentary group has one representative. The involvement of members of Parliament is intended to improve coordination between Parliament and the parliamentary committees.
- Non-governmental organisations, NGOs: the Swiss NGO representatives operate in development cooperation or are involved in raising awareness of development policy in Switzerland.
- Private sector: representatives of companies and associations also serve on the Advisory Committee.
- Universities: representatives from the academic world undertake research on a wide range of international cooperation issues.
The Advisory Committee generally holds four 1-day meetings and one 2-day closed meeting each year. In carrying out its remit, the Advisory Committee may also undertake working visits outside Switzerland.