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.
The short version of the dispatch indicates the areas where the Federal Council has set its priorities in international cooperation for the period 2017–2020 – for a world without poverty, living in peace, and for sustainable development. The areas concerned are humanitarian aid, development cooperation, economic and trade policy measures in the context of development cooperation, transition cooperation in Eastern Europe, and the promotion of peace, human rights and security.
The strategy defines the principles, objectives and instruments of Switzerland’s human rights foreign policy. Promoting respect for human rights is a foreign policy objective enshrined in the Swiss Constitution.
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 edition features the theme dealing with the past, a field where Switzerland has been actively involved since 2000. Colombia, Kosovo, Chad are only three examples of countries where Switzerland is working to fight impunity and prevent atrocities. The end of this year also marks the deployment of the 10,000th peacekeeper by the Swiss Armed Forces.
This new issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the journal Swiss Peace Supporter. To mark the occasion, this edition revisits the biggest milestones in the journal's history. Serving and retired specialists recall their rich field experience and the difficulties they encountered, and review the challenges ahead.
This issue focuses on the implementation of Resolution 1325, which is devoted to the participation of women in peace processes and was adopted 15 years ago. It contains accounts by Swiss experts on the challenges that lie ahead and the wide-ranging fields of activity affected by the issue of gender in conflicts – whether in police, civilian or military missions.
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.
FDFA Action Plan for the protection of children associated with armed forces or groups in armed conflict 2014 – 2016
Today, there are about a quarter of a million children under the age of 18 enlisted in or associated with armed forces or armed groups. By adopting the present action plan, Switzerland hopes to achieve greater impact and commitment in the protection of children associated with armed forces or groups in armed conflict. In particular the emphasis will be on greater efforts to prevent child recruitment and on the reintegration of the children concerned through support for projects that can concretely improve their daily lives and future prospects.
„The Fates Behind the Numbers“ offers a perspective of the Kosovo Property Agency, set up in the aftermath of the war in Kosovo to resolve property disputes, by giving a voice to the claimants and respondents involved in the cases adjudicated by the institution.