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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.

Post-2015 blog (de)
Post-2015 website

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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Ambassador Michael Gerber in a discussion. © SDC

Switzerland in the post-2015 agenda: building bridges, proposing goals

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. Switzerland is actively involved in developing new global development goals. Ambassador Michael Gerber is a member of President Burkhalter’s delegation at the 69th UNGA high-level week. The post-2015 agenda will be among the topics of debate. An interview.

69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York


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Martin Dahinden meeting with Pakistani women at his visit in 2011. © SDC

Martin Dahinden to leave the SDC
“It’s by talking with people from the local population that you see how effective development cooperation is“
Director-General Martin Dahinden is leaving the SDC, after a tenure of over six years, to become Switzerland’s new ambassador in Washington. In an interview he gives a personal and professional assessment of his time in office and speaks about Swiss development cooperation’s past and future.


Aid supplies being prepared for shipment to Iraq. © SDC

18 September 2014 – First direct Swiss relief aid to Iraq
Switzerland sends winter equipment for people displaced by the war in Northern Iraq
Switzerland has decided to send relief aid to Iraq for 300 families or 1,800 persons. The cargo includes 300 insulated tents, four large tents, 300 heaters, 3,000 blankets, 3,000 mattresses and 600 cooking sets. It also contains two transport units of medical equipment. The approximately 50 tonnes of relief aid are worth CHF 400,000. This is the first time that the Swiss Confederation is delivering relief aid directly to Iraq.

Press release, 18 September 2014

A woman sitting in a field making pastries with an icing bag surrounded by her produce. © SDC

18 September to 25 October 2014 – Natural History Museum in Bern
Exhibition to celebrate Swiss–Mongolian relations
Switzerland has contributed to the fight against poverty and the transition to democracy in Mongolia for the last ten years. The two countries have conducted diplomatic relations for 50 years. To mark this double anniversary the SDC is presenting the “Aaruul and Justistaler” photographic exhibition.

Information on the exhibition
A project in Mongolia  

A nurse in Liberia sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against Ebola. © Keystone

West Africa
Additional funds to fight the Ebola epidemic
Switzerland is stepping up its aid in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The amount of CHF 2 million is being pledged in addition to the CHF 1.65 million already donated by the SDC in direct response to the Ebola crisis.

Press release, 12 September 2014

A project in the spotlight

The construction sector in India is booming. © SDC

Construction assistance in India
Improving energy efficiency in buildings
The SDC is supporting the Indian government in its efforts to reduce energy consumption in new buildings. The project helps develop the skills of architects, project managers, engineers and research institutes in the field of energy efficiency.

Project in the spotlight

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

Democracy Without Borders
Report on commodities
Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation: "Saving the climate, fighting poverty"