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 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 SRHR.
The new multi-year Global Health programme (framework for 2021-2024) has included SRHR throughout the document. Switzerland’s commitment to SRHR is specifically focused in two areas:
Firstly, in addressing determinants of health, the SDC wants to contribute to better outcomes on health literacy of disadvantaged people through “health promotion programmes and updated curricula in schools regarding informed choices about sexual and reproductive health, including family planning.” Secondly, in the area promoting gender equality and human rights for health, the SDC wants to contribute to better outcomes in relation to addressing the multiple and intersecting needs and rights of disadvantages groups such as women, younger people and migrants through “evidence-based policy formulation and service provision for SRHR, i.e. access to comprehensive information and education as well as to health services (family planning, counselling and support, quality antenatal care, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases).”
In 2020, Switzerland spent CHF 3.343 billion (€3.123 million) on ODA, CHF 263 million (€220 million) more than in the previous year. The rise in ODA is linked to the supplementary credit approved by Parliament in June 2020 to support international efforts to mitigate the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ratio of ODA to gross national income increased from 0.42% in 2019 to 0.48% in 2020. Sexual Health Switzerland has been advocating for many years with MPs of the parliamentary group for sexual health and rights and jointly with civil society networks for an increase of ODA.
In 2020, Switzerland’s disbursed almost €43 million for sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP) funding, an increase compared to 2019. SRH/FP related funding to UNFPA remained stable in 2020 at almost €21 million. Contributions to SRHR increase significantly given the country’s support also to HIV prevention and control and integrated preventive and responsive solutions to SGBV: total funding in 2020 amounted to almost €90 million.
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.
Switzerland will present at the HLPF 2022 a voluntary national report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The report writing process also includes a survey to collect civil society’s views on how far Switzerland has come in implementing the 2030 Agenda.
- Country factsheet with tracking data 2020-21
- Global Programme Health Framework 2021-2025
- Switzerland’s International Cooperation Strategy 2021-2024
- 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”
Updated January 2022
- European Institutions
- United Kingdom