The Regional Coordination South-East Asia and Pacific is responsible for Switzerland's bilateral relations with 11 countries in South-East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) and countries in Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and 13 South Pacific Island States (the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). Switzerland's priorities in South-East Asia are maintaining a stable business environment, humanitarian aid and respect for human rights. To achieve this, Switzerland engages in regular political dialogues, operates via regional and bilateral cooperation programmes, and works together with multilateral platforms.
In South-East Asia, Switzerland is in engaged in development cooperation through SDC and Human Security Division (HSD) programmes. In Myanmar, Switzerland runs an important programme dealing with food security, health, democratisation, and peace support. For Switzerland, the dynamism and economic growth of South-East Asian countries makes them attractive partners. That is why the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) lists Vietnam and Indonesia as two of its priority countries for economic development cooperation. In 2016, Switzerland also became a sectoral dialogue partner at ASEAN, the most important regional organisation in South-East Asia. The Regional Coordination also handles Switzerland's relations with the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
Australia and New Zealand are Switzerland's main partners from the Oceania region and in multilateral forums. Both states cooperate regularly with Switzerland on diverse issues such as human rights and environmental protection. Bilateral cooperation primarily concerns training, research and trade.
Relations between Switzerland and the South Pacific Island States are good. The Swiss embassies in Canberra, Wellington and Manila are in charge of Switzerland's bilateral relations with the different states. In addition, Switzerland has appointed a Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands, resident in Canberra, who represents Switzerland at summits of the Pacific Island Forum, an international organisation of the island states, for example. To enable all countries to have a presence in the multilateral organisations, Switzerland also supports South Pacific Island States in opening permanent missions to the UN in Geneva.