All development efforts are essentially futile if they do not incorporate a disaster risk reduction component. In other words, the notion of sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda must be realised on the ground with projects that build the resilience of communities at risk – before a crisis situation occurs. If not, even the greatest development progress can be swiftly wiped out.
These are the stark realities behind Switzerland's engagement in international cooperation. On the multilateral front, Switzerland campaigns relentlessly to enlist the support on the need to prevent disasters of as many partners as possible (donors, countries of the South, NGOs, local communities, etc.). It then assists in establishing concrete mechanisms at a national or regional level. From this perspective, Switzerland will participate in the global conference in Cancun from 22 to 26 May. In addition, it will continue to co-chair a group of donors in disaster risk reduction, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), until June 2017.