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Switzerland’s federal geoportal geo.admin.ch has been honoured once again in a major international competition. On 11 September 2015, the portal won second place in the eGovernment competition’s Public Choice Award, which was decided by online vote.

The ministers of the 18 donor countries who met in Paris for a two-day meeting are determined to make good on their commitment to mobilise 100 billion dollars per year in climate finance for developing countries.

Climate finance for developing countries will be one of the main topics of the 21st climate conference (COP 21). At the invitation of Switzerland and the United States, ministers from 19 countries that finance international climate change measures are meeting today and tomorrow in Paris in order to clarify finance rules and procedures. Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has noted the key role that private investments will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

How can we conserve natural resources and reduce costs? The new dialogue portal www.greeneconomy.admin.ch presents examples of companies which practise this approach, allows actors from business, science, society and the public sector to have their say, and aims to reflect the full spectrum of opinions on related topics. The Federal Office for the Environment FOEN operates the web portal as an open forum in the framework of the Federal Council’s Green Economy Action Plan.

On 24 June 2015, the ‘geo.admin.ch’ eGovernment project was awarded 2nd place in the category ‘Best eGovernment Project 2015’ in the prestigious international eGovernment competition. The competition has been the benchmark for eGovernment activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for 13 years.

At a symposium entitled «Swiss Finance in a changing world» and held in Bern today, national and international experts identified and debated ways in which the financial system can contribute to the transition to a green economy. The symposium was organised jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and was staged in partnership with Swiss Sustainable Finance.

At the World Water Forum in the South Korean city of Gyeongbuk, the participating countries have today adopted a declaration defining political priorities for the efficient use of water, a resource that is in short supply. Switzerland, which has also adopted the declaration and was heavily involved in drafting it, will be lobbying during the World Water Forum to get the responsible use of water resources included on the agenda for sustainable development after 2015 (post-2015 agenda).

Following days of negotiations, the delegations at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, have adopted a new international framework, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030), which sets out the priorities for disaster risk reduction for the next 15 years. Manuel Bessler, the delegate of the Federal Council for Swiss Humanitarian Aid and head of the Swiss delegation in Sendai, welcomed the new framework, which will give new impetus to the world in the field of disaster prevention.

More and more people are threatened by disasters. To reduce the risk, precautionary measures must be taken early on. This message was underlined by Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Didier Burkhalter in his speech at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Japanese city of Sendai.

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place from 14 to 18 March in Sendai, Japan. Didier Burkhalter will lead the Swiss delegation during the ministerial segment of the conference, representing Switzerland's position. Following this, the Swiss delegation, including representatives of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), will continue negotiations on a new Framework for Action. On March 15 Federal Councillor Burkhalter will travel to Indonesia and subsequently to Sri Lanka for political discussions.

Contact: mediendienst@bafu.admin.ch
Last updated on: 06.10.2014

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