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Women in particular pay a high price in the murderous conflicts in the African Great Lakes region, yet their resilience is unbroken – a reportage from a woman's perspective.
This edition focuses on the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, which marks its 70th anniversary this year: we look back at the establishment of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission and report on an exhibition on Korea in Basel. Also in this edition, a Swiss protection officer reports on his deployment in Ukraine. Finally, a UN Women Sudan staff member looks back on a year filled with valuable lessons.
No sustainable development without biodiversity
For the first time, the Federal Council has adopted a regional strategy concerning the countries of South East Asia. The strategy is intended to broaden Switzerland's relations with the region and to coherently harness the many opportunities offered by the overall growth of the Asia-Pacific. It complements the China Strategy that the Federal Council approved in 2021.
The Travel section tells you what you need to know when preparing for your journey and when you are in the host country. The A6 brochure tells you when the embassy and the consulate can help you and there is also a list of useful addresses.
Global peace is increasingly threatened by environmental risks. This edition of SPS is therefore focusing on options for action identified from SIPRI's Environment of Peace report, two experts reporting on women in water diplomacy in Central Asia, and climate induced migration in East Africa. You can also find out more about the UN's day-to-day work in Iraq.
For your next trip abroad, order the Helpline Flyer with detachable card free of charge. This practical card in credit-card format provides you with useful information such as the telephone number and e-mail address of the FDFA Helpline, along with important internet addresses to help you be well prepared for your next trip.
Hundreds of millions of children worldwide are missing school because they live in an emergency situation that sometimes lasts for years.
The Swiss Cooperation Programme for Nepal 2023–26 is aimed at federal state building, achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and supporting migrants and their families. The programme also comprises activities relating to gender equality and social inclusion as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. Switzerland deploys various cooperation modalities, including mandates, contributions and budget support, to help attain these objectives and strengthen the Nepalese system. The approach and objectives selected follow the recommendations resulting from the external evaluation of the Cooperation Strategy for Nepal 2018–22.
In the third issue, various Swiss experts share their knowledge of humanitarian demining. The article on the work of the Right to Information Commission in Sri Lanka in light of its current crisis and the review of the Human Security Adviser's work in Colombia since 2017 are also worth reading.
Last update 26.01.2022