Switzerland is committed to achieving the goals of the UN's Agenda 2030 with the aid of new technologies
Switzerland will apply the new technologies to achieve the goals of the UN's Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Switzerland will thereby exploit the potential of new technologies in international cooperation, i.e. in combating poverty, in good governance guidance and economic development, in emergency assistance, in the protection of human rights and in its response to global challenges (“Tech4Good”). Innovative technological approaches increase the effectiveness of programmes and projects and can accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2030, in particular for universal and affordable access of the entire population of the world to the internet, high-quality educational provision and equality of the sexes. In this context, high-grade data plays a central role. Switzerland is also committed to the strategic linking of the results of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with the goals of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.
The importance of humanitarian protection and the demands on humanitarian organisations are changing in a world in which prosecution, surveillance and war take place not only in the physical, but increasingly also in the digital sphere. For humanitarian participants in particular, who manage highly sensitive data of persons needing protection, a secure data environment is essential. With its humanitarian tradition, Switzerland is committed within international bodies to bring up for discussion humanitarian issues, to strengthen the competencies of humanitarian organisations accordingly and to ensure the fulfilment of humanitarian mandates in the digital age.
Field of action
In its Foreign Policy Strategy (FPS) 2020-23, the Federal Council defined digitalisation as one of four thematic priorities for the first time. In doing so, it stated that it wanted to further develop Switzerland's digital foreign policy. It is taking the...Show more