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Empowering Municipal Councils: A fresh start for local democracy

Ambassador Sybille Suter at the project launching forum in Struga

14.12.2017 — Local news Macedonia
As part of its new “Empowering Municipal Councils” project, Switzerland and its partner UNDP gathered in Struga 70 of the 81 presidents of municipal councils in the country to foster exchange about their priorities and needs at the beginning of their new mandates.



Human Rights Day 2017: Join Switzerland to mark the continuous relevance of human rights

10.12.2017 — Media release Macedonia
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.








Switzerland's priorities at the 72nd UN General Assembly

19.09.2017 — Media release Macedonia

Building peace and security, especially by stepping up mediation capacity and conflict prevention, and strengthening the role of human rights are just two of the foreign policy priorities that Switzerland aims to implement during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and FDFA State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl will represent Switzerland in New York from 18 September 2017 during the high-level week that coincides with the opening of the UN General Assembly.


New FDFA strategy: Switzerland strengthens its commitment to gender equality and women's rights

15.09.2017 — Media release Macedonia

Switzerland's commitment to promoting gender equality and realising women's rights is set to become broader and more coherent. With its first Gender Equality and Women's Rights Strategy the FDFA will implement a comprehensive instrument based on concrete measures. Realising gender equality means creating better prospects for everyone to the benefit of society as a whole. This foreign policy strategy is thus a contribution by Switzerland to achieving peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and prosperity throughout the world.


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