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Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to advocate for the respect of international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law as well as the rule of law when countering terrorism. International humanitarian law carves out important protections for principled humanitarian actors, including offering services to all parties to armed conflict. Counter-terrorism measures may recast such activities as unlawful support for terrorism or designated terrorist groups. Therefore, Switzerla...

  • Commitment type
    Advocacy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to allocate 1/6 of its international humanitarian aid budget to disaster prevention and preparedness interventions and initiatives between 2017-2020.

  • Commitment type
    Financial

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to build community resilience in countries where protracted humanitarian crisis are linked to drought and environmental degradation.

  • Commitment type
    Operational

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to clearly distinguish humanitarian action from the political agenda, including by preventing the use of Swiss humanitarian aid for political purposes. Furthermore, it commits to consistently respect and promote respect for humanitarian principles, and in line with its obligation under international humanitarian law, to ensure conducive environments for humanitarian actors and facilitate humanitarian action that is based exclusively on needs and co...

  • Commitment type
    Operational

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to engage in endeavours to ensure safety and security for humanitarian actors and the protection of the medical mission, including by fostering a principled approach, by enhancing the dialogue with all parties to armed conflict and by developing relevant standards and policies.

  • Commitment type
    Operational

Switzerland Member StateEurope

This is a joint commitment with the following entities taking part :

ICRC

Switzerland commits to facilitate, jointly with the ICRC, an intergovernmental process as set out in resolution 2 of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 2015, "€œto find agreement on features and functions of a potential forum of States and ways to enhance the implementation of IHL using the potential of the International Conference [of the Red Cross and Red Crescent] and IHL regional forums".

  • Commitment type
    Partnership

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to further coherence between humanitarian, development, and civilian peacebuilding actors, notably through joint context analysis, joint strategic planning, as well as close operational cooperation.

  • Commitment type
    Operational

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to further shift its development cooperation to fragile and conflict-affected contexts in order to strengthen governance and peacebuilding, hence decreasing vulnerability and increasing resilience.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to increase inter-donor collaboration to improve and streamline interactions and lessen the burden on local and national responders.

  • Commitment type
    Partnership

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to increase the proportion of humanitarian financial support which is programmed by local and national responders.

  • Commitment type
    Financial

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to increase the proportion of total support to funding tools, including pooled or umbrella funding, which helps to increase and improve assistance delivered by local and national responders. These include, as appropriate, UN country-based pooled funds (CBPFs), the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), as well as NGO-led pooled funds, with the goal of strengthening local and national responders.

  • Commitment type
    Financial

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to increase the use of cash as a powerful programming modality to be considered systematically alongside other tools, e.g. vouchers, in-kind, accordingly with affected population's needs and preference.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to invest in capacity-building of local government, as well as other local actors, including civil society.

  • Commitment type
    Capacity

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to keep at least the current level of contributions to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), considering the Secretary General's call to expand CERF to $1 billion by 2018.

  • Commitment type
    Financial

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to operationalise, to adhere to and to advocate for the Guidelines on the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets to Support United Nations Humanitarian Activities in Complex Emergencies (MCDA Guidelines) as well as related policies and co-ordination mechanisms. This includes in particular the endorsement of common standards, which should govern the use of foreign military assets in humanitarian action.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to prioritize multi-annual plans in protracted crises through the use of flexible multi-year financing instruments.

  • Commitment type
    Operational

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to promote international human rights law and international humanitarian law as well as other internationally recognized protection standards, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, which seek to ensure protection and assistance of those forcibly displaced internally. Switzerland further commits to promote regional protection frameworks such as the Kampala Convention and encourages and supports the elaboration of such framework...

  • Commitment type
    Advocacy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to promote the Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to promote the universal ratification, as well as the full and effective implementation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its Protocol of 1967, and in particular the right to seek asylum as well as the principles of non-refoulement and responsibility-sharing, at the bilateral and multilateral level within the relevant fora.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

Switzerland Member StateEurope

Switzerland commits to promote the universalization of the Rome Statute, to cooperate with and support the International Criminal Court and other mechanisms to ensure accountability and justice for victims at the national, regional and international levels, including by non-judicial measures.

  • Commitment type
    Policy

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