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The Human Rights Council: a practical guide

This publication provides an overview of the functioning and working methods of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. It explains the structures, procedures and mechanisms, taking care to illustrate each point with examples drawn from practice. This publication is also intended to bring together the different sources of information on the Council, in particular those available on the internet.



Professional education in Bolivia: “We need more electricians and fewer lawyers”



Swiss polar research: Pioneering spirit, passion and excellence

Switzerland is at the forefront of international polar research. Swiss researchers are contributing to their country's global image. Twelve contributions illustrate their work at the north and south poles: what role do the Arctic and Antarctic play on our planet, how sensitive are they to anthropogenic global warming and what does this mean for the future – and for Switzerland?



Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict

Rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to civilians in armed conflict zones is essential. However, it is often impeded or refused. In two publications Switzerland advocates improvements in this area: The Manual provides a summary of the relevant rules of international law; the Guidelines are designed for humanitarian practitioners concerned with the question of access.



Humanitarian Access in situations of armed conflict

Rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to civilians in armed conflict zones is essential. However, it is often impeded or refused. In two publications Switzerland advocates improvements in this area: The Manual provides a summary of the relevant rules of international law; the Guidelines are designed for humanitarian practitioners concerned with the question of access.






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Publisher SDC

Cooperation with Eastern Europe

Brief information on the cooperation with formerly communist countries (Film on the institution)


Publisher SDC

The SDC and its successes

Accomplishments of Swiss development cooperation (Film on the institution)


Publisher SDC

Portrait of an SDC employee in Benin

Portrait of an SDC employee in Cotonou, Benin: Jean-Luc Virchaux (Film on the institution)


Publisher SDC

Portrait of an SDC employee in Sri Lanka

Portrait of an SDC employee in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Simone Schoenenberger (Film on the institution)


Publisher SDC

Portrait of an SDC employee in Bern

Portrait of an SDC employee in Bern: François Münger (Film on the institution)


Publisher SDC

Portrait of an SDC employee in Serbia

Portrait of an SDC employee in Belgrade, Serbia: Beatrice Meyer (Film on the institution)



Publisher DDC

Financement et assurance des risques de désastre

Le changement climatique augmente les risques de catastrophes naturelles, qui déstabilisent souvent les finances publiques des pays concernés. La Suisse et la Banque mondiale ont lancé un programme qui vise à rendre les finances de ces pays plus résistantes aux catastrophes naturelles.


Publisher DDC

Microfinancement pour un meilleur accès à l'eau

Un meilleur accès à l'eau d'irrigation permet d'en faire un usage plus rationnel et améliorer la production agricole. La Suisse soutient en Afrique de l'Ouest une initiative qui répond aux besoins des paysans.



Publisher SDC

Beans improve nutrition in Sub-Sahara Africa

Beans are a significant source of income for rural households and play an important role in combating malnutrition. The Pan-African Bean Research Alliance's program contributes to improved nutrition and health food security in 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Publisher DEZA

Climate Change: Effectiveness Report 2014

The SDC and SECO regularly analyse the impact of their measures in selected thematic areas in the form of effectiveness reports. This English-language short film presents the range and scope of SDC/SECO development cooperation projects in the area of climate change during the period 2000–2012 and the results they achieved. The video complements the official report published in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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