Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
The FDFA determines and coordinates Swiss foreign policy on behalf of the Federal Council.
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, humanitarian aid as well as the promotion of peace and human rights. There are around 170 Swiss representations around the world, which includes embassies, consulates, cooperation offices and missions.
Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)
How we work
Switzerland implements its foreign policy in a three-tier cascading strategy. The Foreign Policy Strategy for 2020–23 sets out the Federal Council's priorities for the current legislative period. The Federal Council has also adopted geographical and thematic follow-up strategies that guide Switzerland's activities in specific priority regions and thematic areas. Finally, the FDFA adopts its own policy documents to implement the various strategies.
... and why
According to the Federal Constitution, foreign relations are the responsibility of the Confederation. The Confederation shall ensure that the independence of Switzerland and its welfare is safeguarded; it shall in particular assist in the alleviation of need and poverty in the world and promote respect for human rights and democracy, the peaceful co-existence of peoples as well as the conservation of natural resources. It shall respect the powers of the Cantons and protect their interests.
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The FDFA values and encourages the skills of its employees. As part of the Federal Administration, the Department offers attractive, competitive and progressive employment conditions as well as ancillary salary benefits.
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