Government of Switzerland and its agencies
Swiss government is supporting sustainable development in provides support to developing and transition countries and emerging economies through various programmes and agencies. In this section you will find brief information on some of them.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
The SDC's activities are designed to reduce poverty and hardship, curb global risks, and promote development that preserves natural resources for future generations.
International cooperation for the 2017–20 period pursues seven strategic goals:
- Contribute to developing an international framework that responds to global challenges
- Prevent and manage the consequences of crises, disasters and fragility, and promote conflict transformation
- Ensure sustainable access to resources and services for all
- Promote sustainable economic growth
- Strengthen the rule of law and democratic participation while supporting institutions that serve society and the economy
- Respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Strengthen gender equality and the rights of women and girls
In Central Asia Switzerland supports regional and national water management programmes in the three Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Switzerland's support also focuses on public and health sector reforms and efforts to develop the private sector.
Switzerland has supported the reforms that have been under way in Central Asia since the early 1990s and is closely coordinating its activities with the project partners involved.
The 2017–2021 Cooperation Strategy is being jointly implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
Switzerland's key partners in Central Asia:
- Development partners
- Local and international NGOs
- Multilateral organisations such as the UNDP, development banks (EBRD, ADB) and the Bretton Woods institutions
- Civil society organisations
- National partners
Swiss Cooperation Office SDC and Consular Agency
3, Tolstoy Street
Phone +992 44 600 54 55
Fax +992 44 600 54 55
Embassy of Switzerland
21 Erkindik blvrd.
Phone +996 312 30 10 36
Fax +996 312 30 36 77
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
The mission of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources including soil, water, air, quietness and forests. It is responsible for the protection against natural hazards, safeguarding the environment and human health against excessive impacts, and conserving biodiversity and landscape quality. It is also responsible for international environmental policy.
The main areas international involvement of FOEN are climate change, biological diversity, chemicals and waste, green economy and sustainable finance.
More information is available here.
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Division of Economic Cooperation and Development of Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) draws up the concept for the economic cooperation with selected, more advanced developing countries such as Indonesia and Peru, transition countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the new EU member states (enlargement contribution). The main objective in this context is to promote economic, environmental and socially sustainable growth which creates new jobs, facilitates increased productivity and helps to reduce poverty and disparities. This is done by integrating these countries into the global economy and strengthening the competitiveness of their domestic economies. This work focuses on support measures for those countries who have committed themselves to a serious process of reforms geared towards performance.
The work is organised along specialist lines and is focused on the five topic areas set out below for which the SECO is for the most part also responsible on the national level:
- Strengthening economic and financial policy
- Developing urban infrastructures and utility supplies
- Support for the private sector and enterprise
- Promoting sustainable trade
- Paving the way for climate-friendly growth
More information is available here.