The department’s Multilateral Affairs division safeguards Switzerland’s humanitarian priorities and interests within multilateral humanitarian organisations. Its main partners are the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC, IFRC) and the UN specialised agencies (HCR, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA). The division determines the financial contributions allocated by Switzerland to these organisations. It advises these agencies on strategy and makes available experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit.
Disaster risk reduction is one of the division’s central issues. In the context of this theme, it cooperates with a large number of organisations, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and has the expertise of a network of specialists at its disposal.
The division is also committed to ensuring respect for humanitarian principles, better access to the victims of conflicts, their protection, and improving the quality of humanitarian operations.