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Fight against poverty and inequality: Federal Council sets Switzerland’s contributions to four UN agencies for 2018–20

15.08.2018 — Media release EDA
In line with Switzerland's humanitarian tradition and its values of shared responsibility, equal opportunities and sustainable development, at its meeting on 15 August 2018 the Federal Council reached decisions on Switzerland’s contributions to the following four United Nations specialised agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN Women. As key actors in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, these agencies help to promote Switzerland's interests through reducing inequalities, poverty, conflicts and other challenges that have repercussions well beyond developing countries.


SDC commitment to gender equality proves effective

10.08.2018 — Media release EDA
Better gender equality promotes sustainable development and economic growth and helps reduce poverty. This is why the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) systematically promotes gender equality, women's rights and the empowerment of women and girls in its partner countries. As shown in two studies commissioned by the SDC, this is having a positive impact: violence against women in a number of areas has gone down, while their economic and political status has been strengthened.


Switzerland and Sri Lanka establish a migration partnership

06.08.2018 — Media release EDA
On 6 August, Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Colombo with Sri Lankan Interior Minister Seneviratne Bandara Nawinne with a view to establishing a migration partnership. By signing this MoU, Switzerland and Sri Lanka are reaffirming their intention to continue to facilitate and expand cooperation between the two countries. Switzerland has already established migration partnerships with five other countries. The agreement with Sri Lanka is the first concluded with an Asian country.


Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga's Four-Day Working Visit to Sri Lanka

05.08.2018 — Media release EDA
Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), is traveling to Sri Lanka for a four-day working visit to intensify cooperation between the two countries. She is keen to see for herself Switzerland’s activities in various areas such as reconciliation, dealing with the past and strengthening of the rule of law in the country. Also on the agenda are the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a migration partnership and various meetings with government and civil society representatives.


Locarno International Film Festival marks end of FDFA Democracy Without Borders initiative

03.08.2018 — Media release EDA
Four years after its launch at the Locarno International Film Festival, the FDFA's Democracy Without Borders initiative will be concluded on Sunday 5 August 2018 in Locarno. An array of Swiss celebrities contributed to the initiative by raising public awareness of Swiss development cooperation issues and projects. The Afghan film 'Laila at the Bridge' will be screened to mark the occasion, followed by a panel discussion on civil society participation, film-making and freedom of expression in Afghanistan, a partner country for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The event will be introduced by Marco Solari, president of the Locarno International Film Festival and project president of Democracy Without Borders, and Pio Wennubst, assistant director general of the SDC.


Bundesrätin Doris Leuthard zieht eine positive Bilanz über die Fortschritte der Schweiz bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung

17.07.2018 — Media release EDA
Bundesrätin Doris Leuthard nahm am 16. und 17. Juli am Hochrangigen Politischen Forum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development HLPF) an der UNO in New York teil. Vor der versammelten Staatengemeinschaft und zahlreichen nichtstaatlichen Akteuren präsentierte sie am 17. Juli den ersten Schweizer Bericht über die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und deren 17 Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals SDGs).


2030 Agenda in Switzerland: an initial assessment using 85 sustainable development indicators

10.07.2018 — Media release EDA
(FSO) – The monitoring of 2030 Agenda in Switzerland expresses contrasting and somewhat contradictory trends with regard to the goals pursued. Thirty nine indicators show a development in line with expectations, fourteen show a reverse trend while twelve do not show any marked change. These are the findings of the monitoring system published for the first time by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).


Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference: Federal Councillor Cassis calls for effectiveness

29.06.2018 — Media release EDA
The sustainable development of urban and rural areas in Africa was at the heart of the SDC/SECO Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference that took place on 29 June 2018 in Bern. Participating for the first time in his capacity as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis called for effectiveness in the field of international cooperation.


Kosovo's Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli pays official visit to Switzerland

22.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met Kosovo's Minister for Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli on 22 June 2018 during an official working visit to Lugano, where the two officials discussed bilateral relations between Switzerland and Kosovo as well as the situation in the Balkan region.


UNDP head in Bern on official visit

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited Bern on 12 June. He met Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and also held talks with FDFA state secretary Pascale Baeriswyl and Manuel Sager, director general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Mr Steiner also met with the chairperson of the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter. The UNDP is Switzerland's largest partner in the UN system.


Swiss aid convoys to eastern Ukraine reach initial destinations

06.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Switzerland's eighth aid consignment has arrived in eastern Ukraine. It consists of six convoys, three of which are being sent across the line of contact to the region outside of Kyiv's control. The aid deliveries are mainly comprised of water treatment chemicals and medical supplies and equipment. This includes treatments for tuberculosis (TB) in the Luhansk area, which currently has the highest incidence of the disease in Europe.


The SDC creates opportunities for young people through vocational education and training

04.06.2018 — Article DEZA
More than 500 guests from business, politics and education will attend the third International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training – the theme of which is 'Skills for Employability and Careers' – from 6 to 8 June in Winterthur. The SDC will also take part in the event. In an interview SDC expert Brigitte Colarte-Dürr explains just how important vocational education and training is to successful development cooperation.

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