Switzerland is working to ensure that the relevant international norms and standards are respected and, where necessary, further developed. To this end it maintains regular dialogue with other states, international organisations, think tanks and non-governmental organisations. Switzerland works at multilateral level and through specific programmes and projects.
Switzerland's humanitarian policy efforts are also aimed at creating favourable conditions for people to exercise their rights, even during an armed conflict, and for humanitarian aid to reach them swiftly. Special attention is paid to the most vulnerable population groups, including women, children and internally displaced persons. The experience gained by Swiss Humanitarian Aid on the ground is fed back into humanitarian policy strategy and concept development.