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Trust in data in the era of fake news - The important role of official statistics in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between

04.04.2018 — Press releases EDA
(FSO) – Facts provide the foundation for political and social dialogue. But what happens when instead of facts, purposely spread untruths begin to dominate that dialogue? And what can be done about it, or better still, what can be done to stop it? Possible answers can be found at the conference entitled “Truth in numbers – the role of data in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between” that highlights the importance of official statistics for democracy. The conference is organised by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the international Partnership in Statistics for Development PARIS21.

UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 1-2 March 2018

01.03.2018 — Local news Agenda 2030
Sustainable Development is a core principle in Switzerland and the Swiss Federal Council follows the Agenda 2030 closely. Ambassador Michael Gerber, Switzerland’s Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, will be the chair of this year’s United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regional Forum.

Fine della COP23: un segnale chiaro per il clima da parte della comunità internazionale

18.11.2017 — Press releases EDA
Si è conclusa a Bonn il 18 novembre 2017 la 23a Conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sul clima (COP23). Nell'ambito della Conferenza presieduta dalle Isole Figi, gli Stati hanno espresso il loro impegno a favore del clima e dell'Accordo di Parigi. Inoltre hanno trovato un accordo sui documenti di base che riassumono le diverse posizioni su tutti i punti da negoziare per elaborare le regole di attuazione dell'accordo. Dette regole dovrebbero essere adottate nel 2018 nel corso della prossima Conferenza per il clima.

“Switzerland is one of the most progressive countries”

16.11.2017 — Article DEZA

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the international community in 2015 and has been in effect since 2016. What progress has been made so far? What are the next steps? Interview with Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Sustainable Global Development.

Switzerland an active participant at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


19.07.2017 — Press releases EDA
On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at UN headquarters in New York comes to an end. The forum is an annual event held for the purpose of reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015. One year ago, 22 countries, including Switzerland, reported to the forum on their initial measures for implementation of the 2030 Agenda; this year, national implementation reports were presented by double that number of countries. In addition, thematic evaluations focusing on specific SDGs were conducted, with Switzerland playing an active role in the deliberations.

Online Consultation on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The coloured cubes display various sustainable development goals in different national languages.

12.07.2017 — Article Agenda 2030

From 26 June until 25 August 2017, non-state actors from business, civil society and academia, as well as cantons and communes, can take part in an online consultation. By participating, they can supplement the federal government's assessment of the implementation status of the 2030 Agenda and demonstrate their own contribution to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The results of the consultation will be used for guidance when drafting the 2018 Swiss country report for the UN.

Switzerland at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

05.07.2017 — Article Agenda 2030

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be held at the UN in New York from 10 to 19 July 2017. Last year, 22 countries presented their initial measures to implement the 2030 Agenda; this year, twice that number are presenting voluntary national reports on their implementation of the Agenda. Thematic evaluations of specific SDGs will be carried out at the same time. The Swiss delegation will take an active part in the discussions.

Advancing development: Switzerland’s specialisation in vocational education and training

A young man sawing a wooden board.

23.06.2017 — Press releases EDA
A thousand people attended this year's Annual Development Cooperation Conference which took place on Friday 23 June at the EPFL in Lausanne. In his opening speech, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann underlined Switzerland’s valuable expertise in the field of vocational training. He stated that the country had a key role to play in development cooperation in the years to come by sharing its long-standing experience to help overcome major challenges in this area.

2016: Switzerland’s commitment to creating long-term prospects

Young men and a young woman are trained to become electricians in a vocational training centre in Tanzania.

20.06.2017 — Press releases DEZA

Disasters and protracted conflicts, forced migration, rising inequality: 2016 saw troubled times for much of the planet.  In the face of these challenges, Switzerland strengthened its engagement in fragile and conflict-affected regions and worked to develop sustainable solutions in partner countries. The Annual Report, published jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), examines the results of Switzerland's international cooperation in 2016.

Swiss flower power at Expo 2017 Astana

Visitors waiting at the entrance of the Swiss pavilion in Astana.

06.06.2017 — Press releases EDA
On 10 June, the Swiss pavilion will open its doors at Expo 2017 Astana. The first world exhibition to be held in Central Asia is dedicated to the theme of ‘Future Energy’. The Swiss pavilion, organised by Presence Switzerland, showcases Switzerland as an innovative country with an interactive and surprising exhibition on the issues of energy efficiency, renewable energies and global water management.

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