"Knowing the risks – reducing disasters" is the title of this year's Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid. Less than a fortnight after the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the Federal Council's delegate for Swiss Humanitarian Aid and other experts from Switzerland and abroad informed participants at the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid about the disaster risk reduction measures being taken by Switzerland and the international community and about the current humanitarian situation.
The Human Rights Council today concludes its annual spring session. The four-week session was opened on 2 March 2015 with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter in attendance as representative of the host country. The Human Rights Council adopted the mandate for a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and, for the first time, also adopted a resolution addressing the impact of the world drug problem on the protection of human rights – two new initiatives which Switzerland has been at the forefront of efforts to promote.
(FSO) - The gross domestic product (GDP) at the previous year's prices increased in all cantons across Switzerland between 2011 and 2012. Growth was between 0.2% and 2.1% with the exception of the canton of Zug which stood out for its particularly high dynamism (+5.6%). This can be explained by the rise observed in services, particularly in financial services. These results are taken from the latest estimates of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).