Climate change, water and health

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Switzerland will contribute to mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation for better preparedness and resilience to climate change-related impacts. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will support and develop the capacities of relevant institutions and stakeholders at different levels to introduce energy efficiency measures, and will promote greater use of renewable energy. Authorities will be supported to undertake integrated urban planning and development. Switzerland will also continue to engage in the advancement of water sector reforms. An important focus will be on integrated resources management and wastewater treatment in order to protect and efficiently utilise water resources, thus improving the aquatic environment and the overall status of water resources in Kosovo. The corporate development of RWCs to ensure sustainable operations and maintenance as well as climate resilience will be a particular focus.

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Switzerland’s cooperation with the health sector will focus on PHC, integrated health services and health education. Continued Swiss support for clinical, managerial and governance processes in PHC will be extended to selected general hospitals with a view to improving the availability and quality of services and the continuum of care for the population, while remaining focused on NCDs. Support for health promotion and disease prevention approaches should improve health literacy and change care-seeking practices and behaviours. Civic engagement will be supported through feedback mechanisms that foster dialogue, transparency and accountability in decision-making for health services that are needs- and rights-based.

Swiss portfolio outcome 3: The population benefits from improved climate change resilience, sustainable water resources management and equitable access to high-quality public services

Outcome 3.1: Key institutions mitigate climate change and implement adaptation measures

Outcome 3.2: Sustainable water resources management and equitable access to high-quality water and wastewater services are strengthened

Outcome 3.3: Equitable access to high-quality health services is strengthened

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Equitable access to water for all is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Hundreds of millions of people are deprived of water, not because it is a rare commodity but because of poverty, social inequality and a lack of political resolve. SDC places the use of water for people and their food security at the centre of its work.

SDC's worldwide engagement

SECO facilitates sustainable access to and use of infrastructure and resources such as raw materials, water and energy, particularly in urban areas.

SECO’s worldwide engagement