Welcome to SDC’s Development Policy Shareweb!
This platform aims at fostering exchange on Switzerland’s development
policies between SDC staff and interested partners in- and outside the Federal
Administration such as other bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, NGOs,
the private sector and academia. It creates a space for people to stay informed
about new trends in international cooperation and key development policy
processes, to share insights and to discuss relevant topics.
TRAVERSE: Fair Societies, Healthy Lives: Unpacking and addressing the drivers of Health inequities
The health and well-being of the population is strongly influenced by socio-economic, environmental and cultural conditions. Disparities in the distribution of these determinants among the population lead to major health inequalities.
In 2016, SDC with the support of the Institute of Development Studies IDS launched a learning trajectory in order to raise awareness, to provide a common and practical understanding of equity and inclusion, and to build up SDC expertise on equity and inclusion in health, allowing it to shape a general framework on the issue.
With this TRAVERSE we want to take the advantage of welcoming Sir Michael Marmot, a renowned leading and inspiring figure in addressing social and economic determinants of health and health inequities.
Introduction and closure by Ambassador Pio Wennubst Vice-Director SDC
Sir Michael Marmot
Professor of Epidemiology at University College London
Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity
Immediate Past President of the World Medical Association
Author of The Health Gap and Status Syndrome
State Councilor Canton of Vaud
Head of the Department of Health and Social Action
Representative of the Federal Office of Public Health
Holder of the Chair of Medicine for Vulnerable Populations, University of Lausanne
Head of Center for Vulnerable Populations PMU (University Medical Polyclinic)
Moderation by Ilona Kickbusch
Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva and Director of the Global Health Programme
TRAVERSE: International Investment Treaty Reforms - What Potential is there for Sustainable Development?
Private investment is an essential building block for the financing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. International Investment Treaties (IIT) are an important component of global economic governance which influence investor-state relations. Today, a dynamic international debate on IIT is taking place, and reform options are being explored.
1. How are the debates on IIT and the efforts to increase private sector contribution to sustainable development related?
2. What kind of treaty arrangements could strengthen the commitment of States, investors and enterprises to sustainable development and responsible conduct?
The TRAVERSE proposes to tackle these questions with a distinguished group of international specialists:
- Nathalie Bernasconi, International Institute for Sustainable Development IISD
- Nicolas Grégoire, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA
- Lise Johnson, Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment CCSI
- Anne Joubin-Bret, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law UNCITRAL
- Joachim Pohl, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
- Lukas Siegenthaler, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
- Elisabeth Tuerk, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD
Follow-up of the event including video footage and a paper written by moderator Markus Mugglin
On 16 November, the Division for Analysis and Policy organized a TRAVERSE and invited interested parties and a broader audience to join a discussion on challenges regarding corruption in the commodity sector faced by commodity companies, development agencies and policy makers alike. The event was attended by more than 70 persons which participated in the lively debate with the five panelists.
Please find the flyer to the event here.
Please find a video including selected statements by the experts on their take home messages here.
The moderator of the event, Markus Mugglin, furthermore prepared a paper addressing the most pertinent challenges with regard to corruption in the commodities sector for Switzerland and SDC (in German):
Switzerland and corruption in the commodities sector by Markus Mugglin (PDF in German)The majority of the world’s poor live in countries that are rich in natural resources. All too often, the windfall in revenues from the commodities business trickles down to the mere few. Leaving little for the many. The sector is undeniably more transparent than it was a few years ago. But this is still not enough. New strategies are required – strategies that take the extraction of natural resources as their starting point. Strategies that focus on those who work in often precarious conditions, yet barely reap any of the rewards. There is also work for the development agencies to do.
Switzerland and corruption in the commodities sector by Markus Mugglin (PDF in German)
The majority of the world’s poor live in countries that are rich in natural resources. All too often, the windfall in revenues from the commodities business trickles down to the mere few. Leaving little for the many. The sector is undeniably more transparent than it was a few years ago. But this is still not enough. New strategies are required – strategies that take the extraction of natural resources as their starting point. Strategies that focus on those who work in often precarious conditions, yet barely reap any of the rewards. There is also work for the development agencies to do.