Peace can only be achieved together

In a world facing numerous crises and conflicts and where violence against the civilian population is on the rise, the need for peace for all has become ever more urgent. Sustainable solutions and cooperation at all levels are required. Opinion leaders, experts, civil society and governments are all called upon.

Young people demonstrate peacefully, but firmly in favour of peace. Two young women hold self-designed posters up to the camera.

Young Colombians rally for peace. © SDC

The following stories will give you an insight into the various aspects of peacebuilding by the SDC and its partners. The reports from different regions of the world provide an insight into the complex task of promoting and maintaining peace. Success is not always immediately apparent; setbacks occur time and again. But where peace is absent, the consequences for people and the environment are devastating and do not only impact countries that are directly affected by conflicts. The negative ramifications for the environment, economic upheaval and migration movements are far-reaching.

Peacebuilding is a priority of international cooperation. The SDC alone runs more than 100 programmes and contributes around CHF 100 million annually to peacebuilding activities that serve as a basis and prerequisite for human development.

In all its activities, the SDC pursues a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding at all levels. With its long-term commitment and presence on the ground, Switzerland has created a strong basis of trust that contributes to peacebuilding at the highest political level.

Fight against anti-personnel mines: Former FARC rebels clear mines in Colombia with the support of the SDC.
A man wearing a leather jacket standing in a green and lush jungle.
Investments in conflict regions create new prospects and livelihoods. SDC supports such initiatives for more peace.
Solar systems operate the water pumping station in Fekha, which was rehabilitated by the SDC.
In Lebanon, SDC is using digitization and solar energy to improve the water supply. The aim is to prevent conflicts over water.
Two women are sitting across from each other, looking at each other and holding hands
Over 3000 women become active agents in the peace process.
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