The Korean peninsula has been in the headlines recently. The media has reported on the Winter Olympics, North Korea's nuclear programme, a North Korean defector and, most recently, the willingness of North and South Korea to engage in talks. The latest edition of SPS (1/18) focuses on the Korean Peninsula and also contains reports about recent developments in Kashmir, Mexico and Zimbabwe.
The brochure presents International Geneva and its numerous organisations, permanent missions and academic institutions. These all benefit from Switzerland's host state policy, which creates a favourable environment for collaboration and for international conferences and talks.
How can you maintain your connection with home? Peacebuilding specialists working in the field often have to cope with difficult living conditions. They are also separated from their families and friends for long periods of time. The 4/17 edition of SPS looks at how to maintain contact between the mission and home base over distance and time.
The 2011 protest movements and uprisings triggered lengthy processes with uncertain outcomes in the countries of North Africa. What is left today of what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'? What foreign policy should Switzerland pursue in this region? This SPS provides an overview of the transition in North Africa and explains how Switzerland promotes peaceful change in the region.
In view of the armed conflicts facing the world today, the international community is being challenged more than ever before. This edition, entitled ‘International humanitarian law places limits on the conduct of war’, examines the internationally binding rules of warfare and demonstrates how this can be used to protect civilians in the Middle East and Ukraine, and to help child soldiers in the Philippines.
This edition explores the frequently underestimated but crucial topic of ‘equipment and logistics in Switzerland’s peacebuilding activities’. A glimpse behind the scenes shows how important logistics are in both civilian and military missions and how challenges are met.
The book describes the rules, procedures and practices of the General Assembly (GA) in a simple, easily understandable manner. In her foreword, President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, expresses her hopes that the handbook would become a useful tool for all those working with the GA and would contribute to a smooth and efficient functioning of the GA as one of the main UN organs.
A cornerstone of Switzerland‘s development and humanitarian aid policy.
This issue showcases career prospects and opportunities in civilian and military peacebuilding. The information service cinfo, the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding and the SWISSINT training centre give us their perspective on what it takes to have a successful career in peacebuilding. Flexibility is the key to starting out in this profession, where most opportunities involve short-term missions on temporary contracts.
The ABCs glossary explains UN institutions and bodies, defines key terms in UN vocabulary, and provides an overview of Switzerland's UN policy. It explains how Switzerland is implementing its commitment, the objectives it is pursuing, and the specific spheres in which it is active.
The illegal arms trade and human security are the themes of this edition with a specific focus on the new Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons, and the secure storage and destruction of weapons and munitions. Switzerland supports all efforts in this area, especially in those regions where the uncontrolled handling of weapons is threatening security and stability.