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Participation strengthens development: The SDC's commitment to good governance

04.02.2020 — Press release EDA
At this year's annual press conference, SDC Director General Manuel Sager presented the latest results from the current 2017–20 dispatch. Impact assessments in the field and independent evaluations confirm that the SDC is on track to meet the goals of the dispatch and that its programmes are producing the desired outcomes. The presentation also focused on the importance of good governance for sustainable development. The SDC works to ensure that democratic processes in its partner countries strengthen trust between citizens and state institutions, and lead to a satisfactory level of public services.

UK’s withdrawal from the EU: bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU continue to apply

31.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union at midnight on 31 January 2020 will not change the relationship between Switzerland and the UK in the near future: the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU will continue to apply to the UK until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 (which may be extended). Switzerland can use the transition period to continue to work out together with the UK their future relationship as part of the Swiss “Mind the Gap” strategy.

Women's strike, climate and Libra shaped Switzerland's image abroad in 2019

30.01.2020 — Press release EDA
Switzerland's image abroad in 2019 was multifaceted. Foreign media coverage of Switzerland focused mainly on the women's strike, Switzerland's efforts to address climate change and the electoral gains made by the Green parties in the federal elections. Facebook's plan to base its Libra cryptocurrency in Geneva also drew considerable attention. Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation both in the media and among the general public abroad. Switzerland was once again near the top of the international league, at rank 8, in the Nations Brand Index (NBI), which surveys the global image of 50 countries.

Federal Council sets out foreign policy priorities for 2020–23

30.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 29 January, the Federal Council approved Switzerland's foreign policy strategy for the next four years. The thematic focus areas for 2020–23 are peace and security, prosperity, sustainability and digitalisation. The strategy also includes clear regional objectives worldwide, with a special focus on the EU, and new objectives for the external network and foreign policy communication. For the first time, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) prepared the foreign policy strategy as part of a broad interdepartmental process. The Federal Council thus intends to increase the coherence, effectiveness and credibility of Swiss foreign policy.

SDC Newsletter: Africa, CO2 reduction and WEF

29.01.2020 — DEZA
The FDFA has showcased some innovative technology at the 50th WEF, which could reduce global CO2 emissions by millions of tonnes per year. The SDC undertakes a range of projects in the construction industry, working in cooperation with academia and the private sector. The aim of these projects, which are located in emerging economies, is to tackle global warming effectively.

Federal Council report on international cooperation with NGOs

29.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council's report on international cooperation with NGOs in partner countries, adopted at its meeting of 29 January 2020, has concluded that conditions for international cooperation with NGOs are good. According to the report, which the Federal Council produced in response to two parliamentary procedural requests, the FDFA's management and control instruments enable a careful selection of NGOs, ensure effective cooperation and allow professional management of risks. The FDFA incorporates the lessons learned from its cooperation with NGOs in politically highly polarised contexts like the Middle East conflict into the ongoing development of its toolkit.

Federal Council approves 2019 foreign policy report

29.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council approved the 2019 foreign policy report at its meeting on 29 January. The report provides an overview of Switzerland’s foreign policy priorities of the past 12 months. These include its EU policy, relations with global priority countries, Switzerland’s commitment to peace and security, and the promotion of prosperity and sustainability. The report highlights how the Federal Council aims to anchor its foreign policy more firmly in domestic policy than it has in the past. It also gives an overwhelmingly positive review of the implementation of the 2016–19 foreign policy strategy.

Team Switzerland makes its presence felt at Davos

24.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos from 21 to 24 January 2020, a House of Switzerland was set up for the second time to showcase the country. With 30 official Federal Council meetings, 15 thematic events and more than 1,000 visitors, this year's House of Switzerland was a resounding success. Centrally located in the HC Davos ice hockey stadium, it served as Switzerland's communication platform during the Forum.

FDFA statement on continuing hostilities in Syrian province of Idlib

24.01.2020 — Press release EDA
The FDFA is deeply concerned by the ongoing hostilities in the province of Idlib and the serious impact this is having on the civilian population. It calls on all parties to the conflict not only to comply strictly with international humanitarian law, but also to return to the negotiating table and find a political solution within the framework of the peace process under the aegis of the United Nations in Geneva, which the FDFA actively supports.

Switzerland resumes support for cooperation projects in Eritrea

23.01.2020 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will resume its cooperation with Eritrea in a new three-year phase. The allocated CHF 6 million will be used to improve vocational skills development. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) took this decision on the basis of the findings and recommendations of an external evaluation commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the end of a pilot phase to trial resumption of development cooperation with Eritrea.

Article in Die Weltwoche on the donation of a painting by Max Liebermann – statement by the FDFA

23.01.2020 — Press release EDA
An article has appeared in the 23 January 2020 edition of Die Weltwoche concerning the donation of the painting 'Grosse Seestrasse in Wannsee' by Max Liebermann to the Max Liebermann Society in Berlin by the FDFA. The article claims that the then Swiss ambassador in Berlin, Christine Schraner Burgener, made the donation in order to raise her own personal profile and that an accusation of criminal mismanagement had been levelled against her. The FDFA categorically rejects these claims.

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