The FDFA Action Plan 2028 on Equal Opportunities in the workplace is based on the findings of the evaluation of the Equal Opportunities Policy 2010-2020. It comprises four fields of action with measurable goals and concrete measures for the period 2022-2028. It aims to create a common understanding in order to improve equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion within the FDFA.
The Swiss Cooperation Programme for Bangladesh 2022–25 builds upon lessons learnt from 50 years of partnership focused on empowering the most vulnerable segments of the population and promoting gender equality. Switzerland will continue supporting Bangladesh on its journey to graduate from the least developed country category and to progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals, whilst leaving no one behind.
Boosting Co-operation in Asset Recovery: exploring the Potential of Private Sector Engagement and Public-Private Collaboration
During the two-day virtual seminar, held on 2-3 September 2021, international experts looked at emerging practices to strengthen information sharing between the public and private sectors when identifying, freezing and confiscating stolen assets. Against the background of ever-new methods of money laundering, the participants drew on first-hand experience and analyzed how criminal law enforcement agencies, financial intelligence units (FIUs) and financial institutions can use complementary expertise, information and capacity to enhance economic crime detection and facilitate asset tracing. The result is a compilation of insights on how asset recovery challenges can be addressed and resolved by leveraging advances and opportunities for greater financial information sharing partnerships (FISP) collaboration.
The last issue of the Swiss Peace Supporter in 2021 focuses on the Western Balkans, where the largest Swiss military contingents are deployed. Switzerland's civilian peace support comprises inclusive dialogue platforms (p. 10) and support for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (p. 18). Don't miss our articles on the UN's fight against human trafficking and on disaster-induced migration in East Africa.
Research plays a central role in reducing poverty and environmental damage. Especially in the area of food security, researchers contribute to great successes - and yet face huge challenges.
Flyer with a short presentation of the activities of the Peace and Human Rights Division (FDFA, State Secretariat)
The GPMFD Programme Framework 2022–25 (Global Programme Migration and Forced Displacement) illustrates the division's commitment to address the root causes of forced displacement and irregular migration. Conflict prevention and climate change mitigation will be as important as the protection of displacement-affected communities in their region of origin and the creation of sustainable prospects for people in the Global South.
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 sharp increase in climate shocks is threatening the lives of millions of people in the Global South. While these countries contributed least to global warming they are already bearing the biggest brunt. Project examples demonstrate how humanitarian aid and development cooperation can operate in conjunction to assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the new climate reality.
This publication consists of six tables providing an overview of public development assistance (Swiss Confederation, cantons, communes) and private grants (NGOs) from Switzerland in 2019, by recipient country and by organization. It also includes a list of the main projects by country.