With its new 2022-2024 Cooperation Programme in Central America, Swiss Cooperation is entering a new phase. The Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021-2024 envisages a responsible and gradual withdrawal of Swiss bilateral cooperation from Latin America and the Caribbean.
This Phasing out Programme will continue to focus the work of SDC in Bolivia on three thematic areas which are essential for sustainable improvement in the living conditions of the country’s poorest people: Economic Development, Govern ance, and Climate Change and the Environment.
Decent work worldwide is considered a key factor for reducing poverty. But there are major challenges – and the pandemic has only added to them.
Starting with humanitarian assistance in 1998, Switzerland’s cooperation with Kosovo has gradually shifted towards supporting transition processes and progress towards European standards and values. In 2008, Switzerland was one of the first countries to recognize the republic of Kosovo and to establish diplomatic and consular relations. Switzerland and Kosovo have since then developed a trusted partnership based on mutual interests and rooted in the spirit of the cooperation agreements between the two governments.
The Guidelines on Water 2022–2025 substantiate the principles of the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020−23 and the IC Strategy 2021−24 in relation to the foreign policy thematic priority of water. The structure is framed by the five key objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The guidelines are part of the third level of the cascade of core foreign policy documents. They are primarily aimed at the FDFA but may also provide guidance for other departments and actors. A glossary explains the key terms.
Switzerland has been supporting North Macedonia’s political, social and economic transition since 1992. Today, it ranks among North Macedonia’s largest bilateral cooperation partners.
Climate change threatens to slow down or even reverse progress in global poverty reduction. International cooperation is responding – together with the local populations.
Das vorliegende Kooperationsprogramm 2022–2024 plant den Ausstieg der langjährigen bilateralen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit der DEZA aus Kuba. Dies ist gemäss dem Entscheid des schweizerischen Parlaments von 2020, die bilateralen Mittel für Lateinamerika bis 2024 schrittweise auf die Regionen Nordafrika, Mittlerer Osten und Subsahara-Afrika zu verlagern.
The Swiss Cooperation Programme for Bangladesh 2022–25 builds upon lessons learnt from 50 years of partnership focused on empowering the most vulnerable segments of the population and promoting gender equality. Switzerland will continue supporting Bangladesh on its journey to graduate from the least developed country category and to progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals, whilst leaving no one behind.
Peace, social cohesion and prosperity in Central Asia constitute an essential aim of Swiss foreign policy. Switzerland’s engagement in the region began in the 1990s after four Central Asian States joined the Swiss-led voting groups at the World Bank Group, the IMF, and the EBRD, and it has expanded ever since.