By combining conflict management and the promotion of democracy, Switzerland believes it can be an agent for change. For example, it aims to reinforce democratic processes by promoting free and fair elections and supporting freedom of expression in the digital space. The reports from eastern Ukraine, Kashmir and the UN headquarters in New York (on children and armed conflict) are also well worth a read.
The SPS 2/2021 is devoted to the further development of military peace support and how the latter is adapting to future requirements. It also discusses the efforts to integrate women into the militia army after their deployment abroad. This edition’s Special also looks at promoting human rights standards for private security companies. Finally, a colleague reports on his daily life in Myanmar.
This report was approved by the Federal Council on 19 March 2021. It is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23 (FPS 2020–23) . In accordance with objective 6.4 of the FPS 2020–23, Switzerland has updated its China Strategy and is setting up interdepartmental coordinating bodies to improve coherence. The report also responds to the postulate of the National Council Foreign Affairs Committee FAC-N (20.4334 ) and the Nidegger motion (20.3738).
The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants after armed conflicts is an essential part of the peace process. In this issue of SPS, Swiss experts share their experiences of DDR in Colombia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. See also the special report on police missions.
This report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 13. January 2021, is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–2023 (FPS 20–23). In accordance with objective 6.2 set out in the FPS 20–23, Switzerland has formulated a Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy. The Federal Council has also fulfilled the Gugger Postulate 19.4628 with the report.
To mark the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 'Women, Peace and Security”, this Swiss Peace Supporter edition focuses on the role and contributions of women in peacebuilding. Testimonials from experts working for NATO and for the UN in Ethiopia underscore the fact that despite the progress made to date, this remains a vitally important task.
The present report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 14 October 2020, is a geographical follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23. In accordance with objective 6.3, Switzerland has formulated a strategy for the MENA region.
The present report, which was approved by the Federal Council on 4 November 2020, is a thematic follow-up strategy to the Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23 (FPS 2020–23). At the same time, it serves as a response to postulate 17.3789 of former National Councillor Claude Béglé of 28 September 2017.
For several decades, Switzerland has played an active role in peacebuilding operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and makes use of the diversity of its expertise. This edition of the SPS presents among others Swiss contributions to promoting peace in Zimbabwe, in the Central African Republic, and puts an emphasis on the access to justice and the initiative « Justice Rapid Response ».
This edition presents the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for peace building missions and sending organizations, especially in meeting their duty of care responsibilities for seconded staff. Together, they have put in place new priorities which allow for safe but also effective working conditions, as evidenced by contributions from Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, South Sudan and Somalia.
This issue focuses on Swiss specialists in peacekeeping training centres in Africa. To mark the return of the 100th UN Youth Volunteer (UNVY) deployed by the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding we look back at the first UNVY, who worked for the UNHCR in Indonesia in 2005/2006. He later completed assignments in Chad, Sweden and Palestine and has continued to work in the human rights field to this day.
The strategy sets out the Federal Council's key foreign policy priorities for the 2020–23 legislative period. The thematic focus areas are peace and security, prosperity, sustainability and digitalisation.