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.
FDFA policy documents
The FDFA adopts its own implementation documents to ensure that Federal Council strategies are properly implemented at departmental level. Such documents are the following:
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.
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.
Principes directeurs relatifs au secteur privé dans le cadre de la stratégie de coopération internationale 2021–2024
Principi guida relativi al settore privato nel quadro della strategia della cooperazione internazionale 2021–2024