Switzerland contributes to the improvement of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through concrete programmes and active collaboration with international organisations. The country therefore promotes a comprehensive approach. The activities on SRHR are framed under three different angles: health, human rights and gender equality. Switzerland has been supporting UNFPA and IPPF for many years mainly through core funding. The Federal Council has recently reaffirmed Swiss commitment to SRHR and the ICPD Programme of Action in several fora.
Policies & funding
The Swiss Parliament has approved in September 2020 the new Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation. The Dispatch outlines the Federal Council's strategic priorities in Switzerland's international cooperation for 2021-2024. The new strategy also refers to the global programme on health, which asks for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
At the same time, the Swiss parliament has approved the related framework credit of up to almost CHF 11,3 billion. Switzerland will spend over the next four years 11.3 billion CHF (€ 10.4 billion) for international cooperation, which is around CHF 140 million (€ 129 million) more than in the current four-year period.
In 2019, Switzerland’s disbursed CHF 35 million (over € 32 million) in SRH/FP funding, which is a slight increase compared to 2018. SRH/FP related core funding to UNFPA remained stable in 2019 at CHF 16 million (€ 14,7 million).
Another important policy document for SRHR is the ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Strategy of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The strategy is guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. The promotion of SRHR is one of the six strategic objectives of the strategy. Also, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) commits ‘to improve maternal, newborn and child health as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights’ as one of three focus areas for better health. The Swiss Health Foreign Policy 2019-2024 also includes references to SRHR as part of sustainable healthcare, one of six fields of action. Concretely, Switzerland aims at promoting maternal and child health in partner countries and SRHR as an integrative part of person-centred health care. The Federal Council adopted this political instrument in May 2019, so that Switzerland can adapt a coordinated approach to, and a coherent position on, global health at the international level.
Switzerland supports the advancement of SRHR at the international level, for example, in negotiations for multilateral resolutions. Switzerland has been vocal on SRHR in the Agenda 2030 process and the run-up to SDG 3 and 5 and. The country is also active in defending and advancing SRHR in UN bodies such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Commission on Population and Development. The Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs has also signed the international call “Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 crisis”.
- Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2021–2024
Keypoints in English
- Swiss Health Foreign Policy 2019-2024
- Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Strategy (2017)
- Switzerland’s Country Report 2018 - Switzerland implements the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Platform Agenda 2030: “How sustainable is Switzerland? Implementing the 2030 Agenda from a civil society perspective”
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