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Switzerland to be chairman-in-office of the OSCE in 2014

10.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be chairman-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. The choice of Switzerland was confirmed today by the OSCE. Switzerland stood for this office together with Serbia, which will chair the organisation in 2015. The two countries have agreed to cooperate closely.


Swiss Cooperation with Mali: Definition of the common perspectives for 2012-2015

09.02.2012 — Article DEZA

On 2 and 3 February 2012 in Bamako, Switzerland and its cooperation partner Mali met to take stock of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and to launch their new strategy for the years 2012 to 2015. This new strategy formulates Swiss cooperation’s major points of thrust in this west African country over the next four years. The Memorandum of Understanding signed on this occasion paves the way to a new period of cooperation between Mali and Switzerland and defines their common perspectives for the coming years.


ADEA’s 2012 Triennale: Stepping up education and training for Africa’s sustainable development

08.02.2012 — Article DEZA

The ADEA Triennale on education and training in Africa brings together a range of people working for education on the continent: government ministers, representatives of bilateral and multilateral agencies, members of research networks, NGOs, the private sector and socio-professional organisations. Adapting education systems to the challenges of sustainable development is the focus of the broad dialogue. The event takes place from 12-17 February 2012 in Ouagadougou and is organised by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), a longstanding partner of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


«A Future Worth Choosing» – Final report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

06.02.2012 — Article DEZA

After a year and a half of intensive work, the United Nations High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability has published its final report entitled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”. It contains 56 specific recommendations for achieving the goal of development that is truly sustainable. The recommendations focus on a growing economy which reduces poverty and social disparities and respects the natural limits of our planet.


The new Foreign Policy Report is now available

02.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Following approval by the Federal Council, the Foreign Policy Report 2011 has now been published. It provides an overview of Swiss foreign policy and gives an account of the main foreign policy activities of Switzerland in 2011. The report also deals with a priority subject - the upheavals in the Arab world and what they mean for Switzerland.


Switzerland to remain in the US Visa Waiver Programme: FDJP to formulate mandate

01.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Bern - On Wednesday the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would remain in the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). However, the USA has attached conditions to participation in the VWP. It requires that two agreements in the security area should be finalised. The Federal Council has instructed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to formulate a negotiation mandate in this area. Parliament and the Cantons will be consulted before the final granting of the mandate. Data protection aspects will be duly taken into account in the negotiation of the agreements.


The Federal Council defines the next steps for the continuation of bilateral negotiations with the EU

01.02.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council wishes to move forward rapidly in negotiations with the EU on the electricity/energy dossier. In the framework of these discussions, the aim is also to seek solutions for institutional questions. In this way the electricity/energy dossier is being given priority treatment in the framework of the implementation of a holistic and coordinated approach. The Federal Council today outlined the next steps in the form of a roadmap. The Federal Council has also invited the cantons to take part in a regular dialogue with central government about European issues.


Rumori dovuti al traffico aereo: la Svizzera e la Germania si sono accordati sui principi base per una soluzione

28.01.2012 — Press release EDA
La Consigliera federale Doris Leuthard e il Ministro dei trasporti tedesco Peter Ramsauer si sono accordati oggi a Davos sui principi base per una soluzione alla vertenza sul rumore generato dal traffico aereo da e verso l'aeroporto di Zurigo e hanno firmato una comune dichiarazione d'intenti. Tali principi andranno ora concretizzati ulteriormente e fissati in una Convenzione bilaterale da sottoporre alla ratifica dei due Paesi entro l'estate 2012.


Maxi Project for Micro-Insurance for Small Farmers

26.01.2012 — Press release EDA
On the margins of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden held a meeting on 26 January 2012 with representatives of the AllianzRe insurance company for an exchange on a joint project to provide millions of rice farmers in Asia with enhanced security against crop losses. Thanks to vanguard technology, a substantial improvement is to be made in forecasting crop yields, thereby enabling smallholders to conclude micro-insurance policies.


Swiss international cooperation in 2007: Working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

25.01.2012 — Press release EDA
Switzerland contributed some CHF 2.02 billion in ODA funding in support of the Millennium Development Goals in 2007. Swiss ODA was partly used to increase the number of people with access to safe drinking water, a factor that helps to reduce poverty. These figures come from the 2007 Annual Report on Switzerland’s international cooperation and a Report on aid effectiveness in the water sector. These reports were jointly published by the SDC and SECO today.


Switzerland committed to the protection of national minorities

25.01.2012 — Press release EDA
Bern – On 25 January 2012, the Federal Council approved Switzerland’s third report on the implementation of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities. Major progress has been achieved in the last few years, however there is scope for further improvement with regard to the situation of the Traveller communities.


The Horn of Africa: The delegate for Humanitarian Aid on a fact-finding mission about the current crisis

24.01.2012 — Article DEZA

Thousands of people are still living in appalling conditions in the Horn of Africa – in squalid accommodation, without clean drinking water and without access to schooling. Manuel Bessler, the delegate of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, visited Somalia and Kenya in January 2012 to see the situation for himself. What he saw there confirmed him in his conviction that the Horn of Africa must remain a focus of Switzerland’s humanitarian aid.

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