This issue focuses on the Middle East. We bring you coverage of the first Swiss national to be appointed head of the UNTSO peacekeeping mission, and discuss Switzerland's engagement in Syria and Lebanon. You can also read reports on the evacuation from Kyiv and on the CIVPOL mission in Mali, as well as a special article on the importance of justice and law enforcement in peace support.
Switzerland has been supporting Albania’s political, social and economic transition since 1992, having established diplomatic relations in 1970. Today, Switzerland ranks among Albania’s largest bilateral cooperation partners.
This publication consists of six tables providing an overview of public development assistance (Swiss Confederation, cantons, communes) and private grants (NGOs) from Switzerland in 2020, by recipient country and by organization. It also includes a list of the main projects by country.
With its new 2022-2024 Cooperation Programme in Central America, Swiss Cooperation is entering a new phase. The Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2021-2024 envisages a responsible and gradual withdrawal of Swiss bilateral cooperation from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Decent work worldwide is considered a key factor for reducing poverty. But there are major challenges – and the pandemic has only added to them.
This Phasing out Programme will continue to focus the work of SDC in Bolivia on three thematic areas which are essential for sustainable improvement in the living conditions of the country’s poorest people: Economic Development, Govern ance, and Climate Change and the Environment.
Starting with humanitarian assistance in 1998, Switzerland’s cooperation with Kosovo has gradually shifted towards supporting transition processes and progress towards European standards and values. In 2008, Switzerland was one of the first countries to recognize the republic of Kosovo and to establish diplomatic and consular relations. Switzerland and Kosovo have since then developed a trusted partnership based on mutual interests and rooted in the spirit of the cooperation agreements between the two governments.
This report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 16 February 2021, is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23 (FPS 20–23). The approval of the Americas Strategy 2022–25 is one of the measures taken by the Federal Council in meeting its annual objectives for 2021.
With this joint brochure of the FDFA and the DDPS, we set out what Switzerland’s neutrality means and how it is implemented. Swiss neutrality no longer needs to be invented, but understanding its importance and role is important for our country, today and in the future.
This issue highlights the 'return on investment' of peace operations, i.e. their personal and institutional added value. An assignment at the UN in New York, for example, gave a colleague important impulses for his work in Sri Lanka. Other topics include the conflict in Cameroon in the context of the Africa Cup, a Moscow exhibition on gulags, and a look back at a long FDFA career in peacebuilding.
The Guidelines on Water 2022–2025 substantiate the principles of the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020−23 and the IC Strategy 2021−24 in relation to the foreign policy thematic priority of water. The structure is framed by the five key objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The guidelines are part of the third level of the cascade of core foreign policy documents. They are primarily aimed at the FDFA but may also provide guidance for other departments and actors. A glossary explains the key terms.