Switzerland contributes to the improvement of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through concrete programmes and active collaboration with international organisations. This engagement is based on several strategy and policy documents. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) commits ‘to improve maternal, newborn and child health as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights’ as one of three focus areas for better health. Promoting SRHR for young people through an enabling policy environment’ is also listed as one of the programme components of the Strategic Framework 2015-2019 of the SDC Global Health Programme with the policy goal to ‘ensure access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for young people’.
Policies & funding
The importance of investment in SRHR from the perspective of gender equality, health and human rights is also mentioned in the dispatch of the Federal Council on Switzerland's Internationale Cooperation 2017-2020, where access to contraception is mentioned among other action points. In September 2016, the Council of States followed the decision of the National Council and agreed on the dispatch of the Federal Council which builds the framework of the international cooperation and the related budgets. Based on the dispatch Switzerland's ODA will reach 0.48 % of gross national income by 2020. During the upcoming parliamentary process, amendments including cuts, are still possible. The slight decrease of ODA from 0.5% to 0.48% was caused by mandatory debt limits.
In the past years, contributions of Switzerland to organisations active in the area SRHR have increased, such as for UNFPA and IPPF.
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Switzerland has actively been involved in the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and has also participated in the first voluntary review initiated by the High Level Political Forum. Gender equality and health have been among the priority issues of Switzerland in this process.
- Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020
- Strategic Framework 2015-2019 - SDC Global Programme Health
- Switzerland's initial steps towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Updated October 2016
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