Switzerland - ILO Cooperation

Switzerland is a founding member State of the ILO, its headquarters’ host country and an important contributor to the ILO’s development cooperation programme. Switzerland has ratified 60 Conventions, including the eight Fundamental and three Governance Conventions.

Switzerland’s strategic contributions to the ILO

Switzerland funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions to the ILO's Regular Budget paid by all ILO member States by virtue of their membership. Between 2018 and 2022, Switzerland contributed US$ 24.5 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions earmarked funds for priority themes and projects. Between 2018 and 2022, Switzerland contributed US$ 94.7 million.
The main development partners of the ILO in Switzerland are the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Switzerland's financial contributions to the ILO (US$ 101.4 million, 2018-22)

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Switzerland’s International Cooperation priorities

For the 2021-24 period, alleviating need and poverty in the world and promoting sustainable development are at the heart of Switzerland’s international cooperation mandate. The thematic priorities are: creating decent jobs, addressing climate change as well as reducing the causes of forced and irregular migration promoting the rule of law. 

In 2022, Switzerland spent US$ 4.5 billion on ODA, amounting to 0.56% of the country’s gross national income (GNI).