Committed to the 2030 Agenda: Switzerland strives to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is working with all countries to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. There are only ten years left to achieve the SDGs, so action is needed now. We have been providing official development assistance since the 1960s through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a trusted brand and reliable partner worldwide.
Sustainable financing is vital to achieving the SDGs. Our financial expertise supports sustainable economic growth, digital transformation, market development and the creation of decent jobs worldwide. This helps countries become more competitive, reinforcing private-sector initiatives to give people better prospects for the future.
A pioneer in environmental protection, Switzerland is helping to implement the Paris Agreement by committing to climate neutrality by 2050 and supporting developing countries’ efforts to reduce emissions. Additionally, our approach to preventing and reducing the risks associated with natural disasters has proven to be effective and we share this experience with others. Furthermore, Switzerland promotes a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on peace and security. Our Blue Peace initiative enhances cross-border collaboration on water access.
Caring for health and the environment: Switzerland is helping to build sustainable societies. In recent years, some 8 million people have gained better access to drinking water and effective farming irrigation systems; 9 million people have completed their education thanks to Swiss assistance; and long before COVID-19, we started advocating for stronger healthcare systems, universal health coverage and access to quality healthcare services.
Gender equality and the role of women: Gender equality is part of all our development cooperation activities. Our foreign policy seeks to empower women and girls and ensure their rights are respected. We were actively involved in establishing UN Women and are committed to remaining its second largest core donor. We are also a driving force behind the International Gender Champions initiative, a network launched by Switzerland in New York that brings together, among others, women and men in leadership roles at the UN.