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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

The application for the Fête des Vignerons in Vevey to be inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity has today been officially submitted to UNESCO. It is the first such application from Switzerland. The Intergovernmental Committee’s decision will be made public in November 2016, after an evaluation process which will take several months.

"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.