FDFA policy documents

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The FDFA is committed to strengthening freedom of the media. This objective is articulated in the department's Guidelines on Human Rights 2021−24. Getty Images/Lara Haroun

The different federal government departments are free to adopt their own implementation documents to ensure that Federal Council strategies are properly implemented at departmental level. These can take the form of guidelines, general guidance or action plans, for example. They form the third level of the cascading process.

Guidelines on Human Rights 2021−24

Switzerland is actively involved in the Human Rights Council, raises human rights issues in political talks, and supports projects to strengthen human rights. These are just three examples of the instruments that Switzerland uses to promote the universal protection of human rights. This objective is articulated in the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23; the FDFA's Guidelines on Human Rights 2021−24 set out how it is to be achieved.

Press release

03.06.2021– FDFA launches Human Rights Guidelines 2021–24

General Guidance on the Private Sector in the context of the International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24

The General Guidance on the Private Sector in the context of the International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24 defines the parameters for activities by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in relation to the private sector. It explains the various forms of collaboration with private sector actors and outlines the opportunities and challenges associated with this form of engagement.