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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.

2017 annual report on international cooperation: emergency assistance and poverty reduction at the heart of Switzerland's engagement

28.05.2018 — Media release EDA
Last year the focus of Switzerland's international cooperation was on emergency assistance, combating poverty and inequality, and contributing to solutions to major global challenges. This is highlighted in the 2017 annual report on international cooperation, published today by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), for the first time in online format only. This commitment is in Switzerland's own interests, as our prosperity and security are both largely determined by the international context.

Eine Welt/Un seul monde – dossier on mountainous regions

25.05.2018 — Article DEZA
Around 12% of the world’s population lives in mountainous regions – and their lives are anything but easy. Mountain dwellers are often among the most vulnerable, their livelihoods threatened by glacier retreat, deforestation, climate change and natural disasters. And yet many wish to continue to live there. Many others are helping them to do just that.

La Suisse et le Bénin renforcent leurs liens à l’occasion de la visite du Président Patrice Talon

22.05.2018 — Media release EDA
Le président du Bénin Patrice Talon a été reçu mardi 22 mai 2018 par le président de la Confédération Alain Berset à l’occasion d’une visite officielle en Suisse. Les entretiens, qui ont eu lieu à la résidence du Lohn près de Berne, ont porté sur la coopération au développement et les relations économiques bilatérales. Il s’agit d’une visite de réciprocité de la part du président Patrice Talon, qui fait suite au voyage effectué au Bénin un an plus tôt par la présidente d’alors, Doris Leuthard.

Preserving varieties, promoting biodiversity and improving food security

17.05.2018 — Article DEZA
The SDC supports seed banks to preserve varieties and give smallholder farmers access to high-quality seeds. Providing smallholder farmers with training and further education in the production of healthy seeds and in business management is an important part of the project, which makes it possible to transform a seed bank into an economically viable company. The approach is now being integrated into national legislation in Uganda, and is being used as the basis for establishing seed banks in other regions of the country.

Important partners in the Middle East: Cassis and Safadi discuss the current situation in the region

14.05.2018 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman for bilateral talks. In addition to bilateral matters, the meeting focused on the current situation in the region, which is characterised by various conflicts. A stable nation in the Middle East, Jordan plays a significant role in Switzerland's foreign policy as an important partner in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to make a working visit to Jordan

09.05.2018 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will undertake his first trip to the Middle East as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 13 to 15 May 2018. The visit to Jordan will focus on a meeting in Amman with the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, and a visit to the Palestinian refugee camp in Jerash, where he will meet with members of a school students’ parliament. Mr Cassis will also inaugurate the new Swiss embassy building in Amman.

Global fight against poverty and for sustainable agriculture: Switzerland continues its participation in the International Fund for Agricultural Development

25.04.2018 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 25 April 2018, the Federal Council approved a budget of CHF 40 million for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the 2019–21 period. With this decision, Switzerland will, in the coming years, support 44 million farmers in remote areas where poverty is especially widespread. In the previous 2010–15 period, IFAD projects reached approximately 139 million people, for example by establishing rural savings banks that issue small loans to fund economic activities.

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