As the host of UNHCR’s headquarters, and a generous and flexible supporter throughout the years, Switzerland is one of UNHCR’s key governmental partners.
Flexible and predictable multi-year support from Switzerland ensures that vital resources are available to UNHCR, especially in underfunded operations. Switzerland also supports UNHCR’s work through emergency deployments of expert staff from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) providing technical advice in the fields of protection, shelter, cash assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the deployment of Junior Professional Officers (JPOs). The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) provides targeted financial contributions that help strengthen UNHCR's asylum support and protection activities in refugee hosting countries such as Greece, Libya, Rwanda and Turkey. The SEM also seconds staff to UNHCR.
As a member of UNHCR’s Advisory Committee since 1951, and a founding member of the governing Executive Committee (ExCom) since 1959, Switzerland has shown a long-term commitment to forcibly displaced people. Switzerland hosted the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, and it co-finances and is home to the annual UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony.