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The Federal Authorities

Federal Administration (directory of the federal departments and offices)

FCh Federal Chancellery
FDFA Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
FDHA Federal Department of Home Affairs
FDJP Federal Department of Justice and Police
DDPS Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
FDF Federal Department of Finance
EAER Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
DETEC Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications



Press releases

"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.

In the context of the conflict in Syria, Switzerland calls on all responsible parties to refrain from using chemical weapons and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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.