As part of a four-day visit ending today, the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, has held political consultations in South Africa and Burundi. In South Africa, the two parties established a platform for cooperation in the area of human rights. In Burundi, the State Secretary met with President Pierre Nkurunziza as well as several key stakeholders in light of the elections to be held in June of this year.
(FSO) - From today, orders can be placed for the 2015 editions of the Statistical Yearbook of Switzerland and Statistical Data on Switzerland. These two publications from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) provide a compact overview of all economic and social aspects of life in Switzerland. The Yearbook weighs around 3 kilos and is a comprehensive work of reference with texts, diagrams and tables; the Statistical Data on Switzerland contains the most important statistical information. It is free of charge and fits easily into a pocket or bag.
Switzerland aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% relative to 1990 levels by 2030. At least 30% of this reduction must be achieved within Switzerland itself. The rest may be attained through projects carried out abroad. These objectives were approved by the Federal Council in November 2014 as part of the definition of the negotiation mandate for the climate conference in Lima and are made public today. Switzerland will announce its commitment to reduce emissions by 50% to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter received his Polish counterpart, Grzegorz Schetyna, today in Bern. Their talks focused on bilateral relations one year after the adoption of a joint declaration on closer cooperation, Switzerland's enlargement contribution to reduce economic and social disparities in the enlarged European Union (EU), and the two countries' relations with the EU.