UNFPA Contribution générale 2022-2024

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works to address questions related to population and development, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and youth. UNFPA is the only multilateral organization, which is engaged on a normative and operational level in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is therefore a key partner for Switzerland to ensure progress on these joint priorities.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Santé & droits reproductives
Violence sexuelle & sexiste
Facultés quotidiennes de base
01.01.2022 - 31.12.2024
CHF  80’000’000
Domaine de compétences

UNFPA’s stated mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Its main areas of work include sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal mortality, gender equality and women’s empowerment, youth, and population dynamics (growth rates, age structure, fertility, mortality and migration).

UNFPA is the lead organisation for the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994 and reconfirmed in Nairobi 2019.

UNFPA’s work is also strongly guided by the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular goal 3 on health and goal 5 on gender equality.

Priorités stratégiques de la Suisse et de l'organisation et leur cohérence

Switzerland supports UNFPA since 1983. The Swiss Strategy for International Cooperation 2021-2024 includes UNFPA as one of Swiss development cooperation’s 16 priority multilateral development organisations. UNFPA’s work contributes to the Swiss strategic priorities as outlined in the Strategy, in particular with regard to the promotion and realization of sexual and reproductive health and gender equality. Switzerland’s engagement with UNFPA is also in line with the Swiss Health Foreign Policy.

UNFPA’s work is derived directly from the Programme of Action of the ICPD, to which Switzerland committed itself in 1994. UNFPA is an important partner of Switzerland in the achievement of the SDGs, in particular goals 3 (health) and 5 (gender equality). To support UNFPA to implement these priorities, Switzerland leverages its own thematic expertise and geographic network.

UNFPA is an important partner for Switzerland to contribute to the UNDS Reform implementation.

Through its funding Switzerland gains influence power in the development of UNFPA’s policy and strategy and contributes to an inclusive COVID-19 recovery. 

Résultats de l'engagement déployé à ce jour par l'organisation

UNFPA, established in 1969, operates in a difficult and very polarized political context, which restricts the work in several countries. Nevertheless, UNFPA’s work continued to show slow but steady improvement: Between 2018-2020 76.7 million women and 10.3 million adolescents in UNFPA priority countries used integrated SRH services. With that an estimated 58.7 million unintended pregnancies, 16.9 million unsafe abortions and 160,000 maternal deaths were averted (UNFPA Annual Report 2020). However, since 2019 the COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupts access to life-saving SRH services, deepens existing gender inequalities and increases gender-based violence. With its COVID-19 response UNFPA helped governments to strengthen their health systems, to procure and deliver essential supplies and to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services.

Since the last independent external performance assessment in 2018 UNFPA succesfully invested in enhancing its organisational effectiveness (i.a. data production and use, partnerships at national level and result-based management).

Résultats de l'engagement déployé à ce jour par la Suisse

Achievements at the Swiss level have been satisfactory. Switzerland prioritized sexual and reproductive health, including in humanitarian contexts, organizational effectiveness (evaluation in particular) and the implementation of the UNDS reform. In the Commission on Population and Development CPD as well as in the negotiations of the new UNFPA SP 22-25 Switzerland successfully followed a balanced approach of progressive policy advocacy and constructively working towards resolving blockages. The follow-up on the “Evaluation of the UNFPA Capacity in Humanitarian Action” resulted i.a. in the Humanitarian Capacity Development Initiative. Swiss engagement in UNFPA’s results-based management and evaluation function significantly enhanced the number and quality of evaluations including more joint or system-wide evaluations with other UN agencies.

The new SP 2022-2025 reflects Switzerland’s priorities well and positions UNFPA well to further contribute to the implementation of the UNDS Reform. Thanks to Switzerland’s intervention, UNFPA and the other funds and programmes (F+Ps) are committed to report on system-wide results achieved jointly on an annual basis. In 2020, Switzerland as Executive Board member successfully contributed to the adoption of the harmonized cost recovery policy of the four F+Ps.

With only two Swiss nationals working for UNFPA at professional or higher level, Switzerland remains underrepresented at UNFPA.

About 10% of Swiss core contributions were used by UNFPA to rapidly and flexibly respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Effets directs de l'engagement actuel de l'organisation

Within its new Strategic Plan (SP) 2022-25, UNFPA’s overall goal is: Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, and the acceleration of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. The three outcomes are to accelerate by 2025 the reduction i) in the unmet need for family planning, ii) of preventable maternal deaths and iii) in gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The new SP 2022-2025 emphasizes again the centrality of data to ensure that evidence-informed actions are taken.

Also with Switzerland’s influence, the new SP puts even more emphasis on key UNDS aspects such as system-wide coherence, inter-agency collaboration and partnerships. In addition, in order to further enhance organizational effectiveness UNFPA will strengthen capacities to further improve its programming for results, enhance its management of resources and continue to invest in human resources.

Effets directs de l'engagement actuel de la Suisse

Switzerland will continue to engage with UNFPA, in particular through active participation in the Executive Board and through ongoing exchange with UNFPA management, focusing on the following priority topics:

·     Switzerland promotes improved access to sexual and reproductive health services in particular for adolescents, including in humanitarian contexts.

·     Switzerland promotes improved capacity of UNFPA in Humanitarian Action.

·     Switzerland promotes improved organizational effectiveness, in particular evaluation (including joint and system-wide evaluations), financial sustainability and gender parity amongst staff.

·     Switzerland continues to support UNFPA’s implementation of the UNDS reform with a focus on inter-agency coherence and cooperation.

·     Switzerland closely follows the 4 F+P’s monitoring and reporting on the reform implementation as well as on jointly achieved results with other agencies.

·     Switzerland advocates for enhanced coherence and partnerships with the World Bank.

·     Swiss positions are informed through feedback from SDC field offices and their collaboration with UNFPA. Information from SDC HQ to the field contributes to a coherent approach towards UNFPA.

·     Switzerland advocates for an increased number of Swiss professionals at UNFPA.

·    Switzerland’s multilateral engagement contributes positively to Switzerland’s successful candidacy for and membership in the Security Council.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    80’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    16’000’000
Donateur d'ordre

9th (government donors, core funding)


Core contributions ranking (2020):

1. Germany, 2. Sweden, 3. Norway,

4. Netherlands, 5. Finland, 6. Denmark, 7. UK,

8. Japan, 9. Switzerland, 10. Canada

Coordination avec autres projets et acteurs

Switzerland regularly coordinates its positions with the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) and establishes cross-regional alliances.

Phases du projet Phase 28 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2024   (Phase en cours) Phase 27 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2021   (Completed) Phase 26 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020   (Completed) Phase 24 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)