Message on Switzerland’s International Cooperation in 2013–2016
The Federal Council’s new Dispatch to Parliament on International Cooperation 2013-2016, which was approved by Parliament last autumn, comes into effect on 1 January 2013. For the first time, the Message describes in one document the tasks of humanitarian aid, development cooperation, economic and trade policy measures within the framework of development cooperation, and cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe.
|Guidelines and strategic
The principal objective of international cooperation remains poverty reduction.
|Focus on global risks and
Switzerland’s International Cooperation is focusing more strongly on global challenges.
Relief operations and reconstruction, prevention and protection against disasters
Improving access to resources and services for poor population groups
|Economic and trade policy
Promotion of sustainable trade and
providing stimulus for climate-friendly growth
|Cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS
Support for transition and reform processes in the states of Eastern Europe