Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
The FDFA offers guidance on safe travel with its travel advice and the
Travel Admin app.
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.President of the Swiss Confederation in 2022.
Switzerland's trustworthiness is the basis of its international reputation.
COVID-19 has shown us that we must work together to
tackle global challenges such as pandemics, the climate crisis and the fight
against poverty. Switzerland is an active member of multilateral bodies such as
the UN, and helps to ensure that effective solutions can be found despite
geopolitical tensions. In 2022 it will be seeking a seat on the UN Security
Council in order to reinforce its commitment to peace and security.
The European Union (EU) is Switzerland's most important
partner, both politically and economically. The Federal Council is committed to
stable relations with the EU and to pursuing a bilateral approach that is in
the interests of both parties. Switzerland is at the heart of Europe and
contributes to peace and stability on the continent, for example through
projects in Central and Eastern Europe, through the Ukraine Reform Conference
in Lugano in July 2022, and as a member of the Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The relationship between science and foreign policy is
becoming increasingly important, and Switzerland is working to boost its
profile in science diplomacy. In 2021 it appointed its first special
representative for science diplomacy in Geneva, which should help it to
recognise the challenges and opportunities of new technologies at an early
stage. Promoting scientific cooperation can also help build bridges and
strengthen trust between states.
Expenses FDFA 2020 (CHF)3.11 bn
Staff (FTEs) FDFA 20205,447
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