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The trade in commodities concerns Swiss foreign policy in several respects: As a world hub for commodities trading, Switzerland is committed to ensuring that this business is conducted in full respect for human dignity, democracy and the environment.
In 2013, Switzerland celebrates the 50th anniversary of its accession to the Council of Europe, which took place on 6 May 1963.
For the last ten years, the international community has had a permanent jurisdictional body, the International Criminal Court (ICC), with the power and authority to judge perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A number of events in Switzerland and elsewhere have been organised to mark this tenth anniversary.
10 Years of Swiss Membership in the UN
2002, Switzerland was the 190th State to join the UN. What are the conclusions and perspectives ten years later? In this folder you will find a considerable number of background information, including examples, a factsheet, and frequently asked questions.
Uprisings in the Arab World
Switzerland has been active in many ways in response to the popular uprisings at the beginning of 2011 which have radically altered the political situation in North Africa and the Near East.