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“Switzerland is one of the most progressive countries”

16.11.2017 — Artículo DEZA

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the international community in 2015 and has been in effect since 2016. What progress has been made so far? What are the next steps? Interview with Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Sustainable Global Development.


Central Mediterranean Region: Better Protection of Refugees and Migrants and the Fight against Smugglers

13.11.2017 — Media release EDA
There is a need for stronger protection of refugees’ and migrants’ basic rights. This is a central theme of the declaration adopted in Bern on 13 November 2017 by the representatives of thirteen European and African countries situated on both sides of the Central Mediterranean Sea. The representatives met for the third meeting of the Central Mediterranean Contact Group, which was also attended by representatives of the EU, the UNHCR, the IOM and the ICRC. The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route to North Africa by strengthening the prevention of migrant smuggling, combating human trafficking and supporting the voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin.


Markus Seiler new head of the FDFA’s General Secretariat

08.11.2017 — Media release EDA
On 8 November 2017, Markus René Seiler was appointed as the next general secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the recommendation of the head of the department, Ignazio Cassis. Mr Seiler, who is currently the head of the Federal Intelligence Service, will take up his new position on 1 December.


International meeting in Bern to ensure better protection for migrants on the Central Mediterranean migration route

03.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland will host the third meeting of the Central Mediterranean Contact Group on 13 November 2017 in Bern. Set up at the initiative of Italy, the Contact Group allows European and African countries affected by migration along the Central Mediterranean migration route to exchange information and coordinate their action. Switzerland is hosting this meeting to find better ways to protect migrants. The goal is to improve migrants' living conditions and ensure better protection for them along the migration route. Many migrants fall victim to extortion, threats, ill-treatment, violence and smuggling of migrants. The meeting will take place at ministerial level and is expected to lead to the adoption of a joint declaration.


Focus on European policy and bilateral issues during presidential visit to Bulgaria

02.11.2017 — Media release EDA
On Thursday, 2 November, President Doris Leuthard, held the now traditional talks with the future EU Council presidency. The themes addressed during the discussions with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Prime Minister Bojko Borissov and further members of the government included European policy, as well as bilateral and international issues.


Wildfires in northern Italy: Switzerland sends helicopters and personnel

30.10.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland has sent reinforcements to Italy to help extinguish the fires that have been raging throughout several regions of Piedmont and Lombardy for the last week. Three of the Swiss Armed Forces’ Super Puma helicopters joined the firefighting efforts this afternoon. At the same time, a humanitarian team travelled to Bergamo, where it became part of the operations centre run by Italy’s civil protection authorities.


La Suisse soutient le Burkina Faso dans la lutte contre la pauvreté

25.10.2017 — Media release EDA
Le Conseil fédéral a décidé le 25 octobre 2017 d’octroyer au Burkina Faso une aide budgétaire générale d’un montant de 30 millions de francs pour les années 2017 à 2020. L’appui vise à soutenir le pays dans la mise en œuvre de sa nouvelle stratégie de développement économique et social, laquelle cherche à ajuster structurellement le pays en générant une croissance forte, durable, inclusive et créatrice d’emplois.


The SDC works to create healthy living conditions in Mongolia

20.10.2017 — Artículo DEZA

Soil, air and water pollution not only burdens our environment, it also endangers our health. Mining in Mongolia threatens both the environment and human health. The SDC is actively addressing this problem: its Sustainable Artisanal Mining project (SAM) is helping to give artisanal mining a legal status while thus creating more healthy living conditions for miners.


Una evaluación independiente confirma la efectividad de los partenariados e identifica un potencial de optimización

19.10.2017 — Artículo DEZA

Los partenariados con organizaciones no gubernamentales suizas (ONG) son de vital importancia para la cooperación suiza al desarrollo y la ayuda humanitaria. Ello lo confirma una evaluación independiente ordenada por la Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE) con el fin de examinar los resultados obtenidos y localizar el potencial de optimización para reforzar los partenariados institucionales.



Viviendas más seguras gracias a la construcción antisísmica

13.10.2017 — Artículo DEZA

Debido al aumento de las catástrofes por fenómenos naturales violentos, la prevención es hoy día una cuestión fundamental. La COSUDE se compromete con la reconstrucción antisísmica, como por ejemplo en Nepal y en Ecuador, donde las viviendas han sido destruidas recientemente de forma masiva a causa de terremotos de magnitud 7.8.


Switzerland supports cooperation projects in Eritrea

12.10.2017 — Media release EDA
Having withdrawn from the country over ten years ago, the SDC has now resumed support for cooperation projects in Eritrea. In October 2017, it began supporting two vocational projects in a pilot phase scheduled to run until the end of 2019.

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