Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
A weather station for farmers in Peru: the SDC supported the Climandes project to ensure good harvests.
The FDFA safeguards Switzerland's foreign policy
interests. It maintains relations with other states and international bodies such as
the EU and the UN. It provides services for Swiss citizens abroad. The FDFA is
also responsible for Switzerland's development cooperation and humanitarian
aid. There are around 170 Swiss representations around the world.
Member of the Federal Council since 2017.
«Swiss foreign policy reflects the traditions, diversity and innovative strengths of our country.»
Switzerland supports conflicting parties in finding
political solutions. It provides emergency assistance in humanitarian crises,
creates economic opportunities in developing countries, and supports Swiss
companies operating abroad. It promotes the sustainable use of natural
resources and works to ensure that human rights are also respected in the
virtual world. These are just some examples of what the FDFA does to fulfil its
main mission: promoting Switzerland's interests and values.
These interests and values are enshrined in the
Federal Constitution. They include the freedom, autonomy and security of our
country, the promotion of prosperity, the alleviation of need and poverty in
the world, respect for human rights and the conservation of natural resources.
The Federal Council issues a foreign policy strategy
every four years. The priorities for the 2020–23 period are peace and security,
prosperity, sustainability and digital transformation. Other key concerns are the
regulation of Swiss-EU relations and Switzerland's exchanges with priority
countries such as the US and China. The strategy provides the framework for the
FDFA's activities in Bern, Geneva and around 170 representations abroad. Both
head office and the external network maintain contacts with Switzerland's
partner countries and the EU, and represent Switzerland at organisations such
as the UN. They also provide services for Swiss citizens living or travelling
Expenses 2019 (CHF)2.98 bn
Staff (FTEs) 20195,489
General Secretariat GS-FDFASecretary General: Markus Seilerwww.fdfa.admin.ch
StSState Secretary: Livia Leu
Directorate of International Law DILDirector: Corinne Cicéron Bühler
Consular Directorate CDDirector: Johannes Matyassy
Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation SDCDirector: Patricia Danziwww.fdfa.admin.ch/sdc
Directorate for Resources DRDirector: Tania Cavassini