This magazine on Swiss foreign policy publishes articles written by experts. It appears several times a year. The articles are published usually in the language in which they were written. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the FDFA.
The annual report contains an overview of concrete results and the status of project implementation. Over 500 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from the new EU member states received scholarships in 2015 to do research in Switzerland. Bulgaria introduced legislation that provides for outpatient care based on the Swiss Spitex model, and Slovenia halved the heating and electricity bills of schools through energy efficiency renovations and renewable energies.
For the first time the SDC and SECO report together on the results achieved by Swiss international cooperation. The folder contains the reports “The achievements of the «SDC and SECO takes stock». Their purpose is to inform on the results achieved within the framework of the 2013–2016 Dispatch to Parliament on International Cooperation. Available only in printed format.
The brochure illustrates the SDC engagement in vocational education and training. First, the Swiss vocational education and training system is briefly explained. Second, examples of VET projects in Nepal, Albany, Niger, Bangladesh and Honduras are presented in order to illustrate how, where and which elements of the Swiss VET system are implemented in the partner countries.
With this Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), Switzerland wants to contribute to counter-terrorism through preventative measures. Tackling direct and structural causes of violent extremism requires long-term, sustainable commitment in transitional and fragile contexts as well as in conflict zones.
This edition is dedicated to the subject of prevention – in terms of health and security – for people working in peacebuilding missions. For these experts involved on the ground, both physical and mental factors are important to maintaining a healthy balance between work and free time, and to carrying out missions successfully. This edition also looks at the issue of gender within the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the experience of the OAS in demobilising the different armed groups in Colombia.
An independent evaluation has confirmed the federal authorities have achieved good results in implementing Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. This report summarises the key findings of the evaluation and outlines the progress and achievements of the Swiss contribution.
This Research Concept 2017-2020 for Development and Cooperation outlines the most important challenges and objectives of Swiss International Cooperation as well as the focus areas for development and cooperation research. Research funding is directed in particular towards the global themes of climate change and the environment, agriculture and food security, water and health as well as employment and conflict prevention, which were also defined as research focus.
The strategy sets out the Federal Council's priorities and areas of special interest in foreign policy. Its strategic objectives for the 2016-2019 legislative period include consolidating and regulating relations with the EU and the EU and EFTA countries, working more closely with global partners, expanding mediation activities in the field of peace and security, and pursuing the commitment to sustainable development and prosperity.