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Blog on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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In the blog on the post-2015 agenda on sustainable development, members of the inter-departmental Post-2015 Task Force report on news and current debate surrounding the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Strategy 2013–2016
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What are the new strategic orientations of Switzerland’s international cooperation? Which principles guide and which instruments are applied in Switzerland’s international cooperation?
Strategy 2013–2016
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The UN has declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.
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150 years of Swiss humanitarian commitment

19 August 2014, Bern – The First Geneva Convention was signed 150 years ago, constituting the foundation of international humanitarian law. Switzerland has a long tradition of humanitarian work and advocates respect for international humanitarian law.


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© CIFOR / Ollivier Girard

29 August 2014 – Geneva
Annual conference: «Saving the climate, fighting poverty»
This year’s Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation, organised by SDC and SECO, looks into Switzerland’s engagement, explores a variety of climate projects in partner countries, and examines the prospects for solutions developed jointly by the North and the Global South.

Programme and registration

Aid recipients in Iraq queuing outside a supermarket at a point of distribution for food and other goods. © Hefinn Halldorsson/Save the Children

19.8.2014 – World Humanitarian Day
The SDC works on behalf of internally displaced persons in Iraq
19 August is World Humanitarian Day. The humanitarian aid operations of the SDC are an expression of Switzerland’s solidarity with people in need. They focus primarily on emergency aid, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas, and disaster risk reduction. In Iraq, the SDC works on behalf of internally displaced persons. A project example.

Protection and basic provisions in Baghdad for internally displaced persons of Iraq
Humanitarian aid operations of the SDC
Press release, 15 August 2014

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10 August 2014 – Locarno
Democracy Without Borders initiative
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, launches the FDFA's Democracy Without Borders initiative as part of the Open Doors section of the Locarno International Film Festival. Swiss personalities act as ambassadors for Swiss development cooperation projects.

Democracy Without Borders 

People sitting round a reservoir

9 August 2014 – International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Bolivia places indigenous communities at the heart of its development project
A programme financed by the SDC in Bolivia focuses on the economic, social and cultural development of indigenous and farming communities in the Andes. The long-term preservation of local ecosystems is another absolute necessity in the eyes of the Bolivian authorities.

Project: Living in harmony with Mother Earth  

A project in the spotlight

Learning by doing – Lithuanian regional manager, Raimondas Danupas, pitches in during a visit to 'Schweizer Tafel' in Bern. © Maistobankas

NGO fund in Lithuania
Lithuanian "Tafel" works together with Swiss counterpart
The Lithuanian NGO, Maistobankas, distributes around eight tonnes of food every day to people in need and to social institutions. Since 2011, the NGO has maintained a close relationship with the "Schweizer Tafel" (Swiss Table), a project of the "Hoffnung für Menschen in Not” (Hope for People in Need) foundation, which also distributes food and has similar goals.

Project in the spotlight

Syrian crisis
Post 2015 Seeking – new development and sustainability goals
Engagement in fragile contexts and prevention of violent conflicts

Swiss operations in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan
Report on commodities
Annual Conference on Cooperation with Eastern Europe 2014