Multilateral cooperation is an important element of Swiss development cooperation. Thanks to their long years of experience and considerable resources, multilateral organisations – such as international financial institutions, UN agencies and development banks – make an important contribution to solving problems affecting developing countries worldwide. Some 37% of all Swiss development cooperation funds are disbursed to such organisations in the form of general financial assistance (known as core contributions). Bilateral cooperation accounts for 63%. One fifth of these bilateral funds are used for projects that are directly implemented by multilateral organisations on the ground.
2030 Agenda: the international community’s global development goals
On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted a new development agenda entitled ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The agenda defines 17 new universal Sustainable Development Goals.
SDC division dedicated to multilateral cooperation
Information on the SDC’s engagement with priority multilateral organisations, specific themes, publications and links.