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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.
25 November 2013: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Every year on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women focuses world attention on sexual, physical and psychological violence and discrimination against women and girls. Strengthening women’s rights is a key aspect of Switzerland’s foreign policy.
A series of events on the issue of human trafficking – coordinated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and co-financed by the FDFA's Human Security Division – will take place from 18 to 25 October 2013.
Human rights are an important pillar of Swiss foreign policy and drive Switzerland’s efforts towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.
Switzerland’s assumption of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship in 2014 is a proof of the country’s commitment to stability in Europe and neighbouring regions – one of its foreign policy priorities.
The trade in commodities concerns Swiss foreign policy in several respects: As a world hub for commodities trading, Switzerland is committed to ensuring that this business is conducted in full respect for human dignity, democracy and the environment.
In 2013, Switzerland celebrates the 50th anniversary of its accession to the Council of Europe, which took place on 6 May 1963.
For the last ten years, the international community has had a permanent jurisdictional body, the International Criminal Court (ICC), with the power and authority to judge perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A number of events in Switzerland and elsewhere have been organised to mark this tenth anniversary.
10 Years of Swiss Membership in the UN
2002, Switzerland was the 190th State to join the UN. What are the conclusions and perspectives ten years later? In this folder you will find a considerable number of background information, including examples, a factsheet, and frequently asked questions.
Uprisings in the Arab World
Switzerland has been active in many ways in response to the popular uprisings at the beginning of 2011 which have radically altered the political situation in North Africa and the Near East.