“DISPLACED” is a project by the Swiss Federal Commission on Migration (FCM), the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
What impact do cultural exchange and international networks have? What roles do art and culture play in the process of social change? CROSSROADS, organised by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), offers a platform for discussion with a conference and a cultural programme on these core questions.
Looking ahead to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the SDC is organising a round table on women’s capacity for action in Benin, featuring guest speakers from Benin and Switzerland.
Lugar: Casino de Montbenon (main auditorium) in Lausanne
Energy issues are more relevant than ever before – not just in Switzerland. The countries of Eastern Europe in particular are facing the challenge of supplying reliable and affordable energy for all people and companies without a negative impact on the climate. In a region where most of the energy consumed still comes from non-renewable resources this is no easy task.
Lugar: University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Sierre
More than three quarters of the water we consume does not come from Switzerland. What are the risks of this unsustainable use of water for humans and nature? Representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), WWF Switzerland and Nestlé S.A. will discuss this topic with the audience.
Lugar: Alpines Museum der Schweiz, Helvetiaplatz 4, 3005 Bern
From 7 to 12 November 2017, the 21th edition of the “Internationale Kurzfilmtage, The Short Film Festival of Switzerland,” will be held in Winterthur. Film-makers will be invited from all over the world to present a wide variety of short films.
It’s about a discussion of action areas and priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Switzerland, based on the outcomes of the federal government's online consultation between June and August 2017. The debate will centre on identifying the major challenges and opportunities for Switzerland in its efforts to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda at both national and international level.
The SDC will be presenting a number of projects from around the world at the UN Open Day in Geneva. Visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about Switzerland's development cooperation and sample delicacies from different countries.
Lugar: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1202 Geneva
Switzerland joined the World Bank in 1992 when voters approved accession with 56 percent of the vote. Membership in the World Bank represented an important change in direction for Swiss foreign policy. On the occasion of this anniversary, SECO, SDC, and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern would like to commemorate and take stock of the 25 years of successful cooperation between Switzerland and the World Bank, as well as discuss future collaboration. This event aims to facilitate an open dialogue between civil society, the private sector, academia, and public officials.
The Zürcher Theater Spektakel gives artists from the South and from the East the opportunity to present their productions to a Swiss audience and forge professional contacts. The SDC supports the festival as part of its cultural activities.