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Water, driver of peace: Global Panel on Water and Peace publishes recommendations

14.09.2017 — Media release EDA
"Since water supply is likely to become a major source of tension in the coming years, there is huge potential today to make water a key medium for cooperation and a driver of peace," the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, told the members of the Global Panel on Water and Peace. The panel chaired by former Slovenian President Danilo Türk was launched in November 2015. In Geneva on Thursday, its 15 member states presented the results of their work in the form of a set of recommendations to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts.

Switzerland to participate in the first impact investment in the humanitarian sector

08.09.2017 — Media release EDA
The ICRC, with the support of Switzerland and other donor countries, is today launching an innovative model for financing humanitarian aid. The Programme for Humanitarian Impact Investments (PHII) is inspired by the concept of social impact bonds. This is a novel approach in the humanitarian field, with private investment helping to bring physical rehabilitation services to more people in need of such care. The PHII offers the ICRC a means to diversify and grow its funding base while limiting the financial risk incurred by public donors.

Siut Bulak – a cheese factory strengthens the economy of north-east Kyrgyzstan

06.09.2017 — Article DEZA

The Dairy Spring brand with its high-quality milk products is today one of the five largest dairy companies in Kyrgyzstan. Using Swiss recipes, a range of cheeses are produced in the Siut Bulak cheese factory, which grew out of an SDC programme. Approximately 2,000 farms in the region are supplying milk to the factory for processing. The company has recently been sold to private investors.

Switzerland's priorities at the 72nd UN General Assembly

06.09.2017 — Media release EDA
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.

Sports diplomacy: 20 young Colombian athletes visit Switzerland

01.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Twenty young Colombians are currently in Switzerland as part of a visit organised jointly by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the visit is to allow these young people – who come from a region mired in conflict – to learn more about training techniques while discovering popular Swiss sports, and to use sport to give them hope for a better life away from crime and violence.

Satellite technology protects smallholder farmers against crop losses

25.08.2017 — Article DEZA

Following a drought, 203,000 smallholders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were paid compensation by the national crop insurance scheme in July 2017. The extent of the damage was determined quickly and accurately using satellite measurement technology. Those affected were thus promptly compensated for their lost rice crops. A special project lies behind this success: RIICE.

Switzerland renews its commitment to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

23.08.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council has approved a budget of CHF 57 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for the period from 2017 to 2019. As host country and one of the founding members, Switzerland has been an important partner for the Global Fund since it was created in 2002. Over the past 15 years, the Global Fund has helped save millions of lives and made great strides in combating these diseases. As ongoing pandemics, however, they still pose a major public health problem in middle and low-income countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, millions of deaths could still be avoided each year.

Montenegro wildfires: Switzerland deploys a helicopter and sends a detachment

Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter  and a humanitarian team.

19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Fires have been raging in Montenegro for several days, devastating a number of areas. The scale of the situation has led the country's authorities to ask for international assistance. Today, Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter from the KFOR base in Kosovo and a humanitarian team from Bern.

Switzerland an active participant at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at UN headquarters in New York comes to an end. The forum is an annual event held for the purpose of reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015. One year ago, 22 countries, including Switzerland, reported to the forum on their initial measures for implementation of the 2030 Agenda; this year, national implementation reports were presented by double that number of countries. In addition, thematic evaluations focusing on specific SDGs were conducted, with Switzerland playing an active role in the deliberations.

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