Switzerland, multilateralism and other celebrations in 2019

Multilateralism and the International Labour Organization are celebrating their centenary in 2019. The Geneva Conventions are 70

Sustainable Swiss embassies

Switzerland’s strong commitment to successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: the Swiss embassies are leading by example and showcasing Switzerland’s commitment to sustainability.


Gender equality and Women's rights

Gender equality, respect for women's and girls' rights, and the prohibition of all forms of gender-based discrimination are fundamental values for Swtizerland.

15 years of Swiss UN membership

In this interview, Jürg Lauber and Valentin Zellweger, heads of Switzerland's missions to the UN in New York and Geneva, provide insights into the activities pursued by Switzerland at the organisation. This multimedia dossier also includes an online quiz.

Switzerland's chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2017

Switzerland, which has been a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance since 2004, take over chairmanship of the organization.

Democracy Without Borders

The Democracy Without Borders initiative associates nationally and internationally renowned Swiss personalities with development projects.

Switzerland's activities in Ukraine

Switzerland is continuing its development cooperation activities in Ukraine, assisting victims of the armed conflict and promoting dialogue among all parties.

FDFA commitment to refugees and migration issues

Switzerland is committed at several levels to protecting refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. Within the FDFA, responsibility for this area lies with the Human Security Division and the SDC.


Swiss protecting power mandates for the United States and Cuba

During its mandate as a protecting power for the United States and Cuba (the latter from 1991), Switzerland was able to exert its diplomatic influence on several occasions.


OSCE Chairmanship 2014

Information on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the priorities of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship. News, events and visits by Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, within the framework of Switzerland's Chairmanship

Arab Forum on Asset Recovery

The Forum supports the Arab Spring countries in their transition to democracy and assists them in the process of recovering illicit assets.

Swiss efforts to protect children in armed conflicts

Child soldiers were the focus of the 2014 HSD Annual Conference.President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter presented the action plan for the protection of children associated with armed forces or groups in armed conflict.

200 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Russia

In 2014, Switzerland and Russia celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations. Bilateral relations have become closer in recent years in particular. The memorandum of understanding of 2007 is an important basis for cooperation.

150 years of Swiss humanitarian commitment

Signed 150 years ago, the first Geneva Convention is the foundation stone of international humanitarian law, which is applicable in situations of armed conflict. Switzerland demonstrates its humanitarian tradition through its commitment to supporting victims, ensuring compliance with and the further development of international humanitarian law.

World Day against the Death Penalty

Human rights are an important pillar of Swiss foreign policy and drive Switzerland’s efforts towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.