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Environment - 28.08.2019
Federal Council aims for a climate-neutral Switzerland by 2050
Under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Switzerland has undertaken to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

Environment - Economics / Business - 26.06.2019
Federal Council discusses sustainable finance and sets out next steps
During its meeting on 26 June 2019, the Federal Council held a discussion on a sustainable Swiss financial centre.

Economics / Business - Environment - 05.07.2018
Securing Switzerland's living and economic environment: PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards
Securing Switzerland's living and economic environment: PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards Bern, 05.

Environment - 03.07.2018
Gap in flood protection closed: New map on surface runoff
Gap in flood protection closed: New map on surface runoff
Bern, 03. Switzerland now has a new nationwide surface runoff map, another important instrument for flood prevention.

Environment - 20.06.2018
Federal Council adopts Switzerland's country report on implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Bern, 20. At its meeting on 20 June 2018, the Federal Council adopted Switzerland's country report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Environment - Economics / Business - 27.11.2017
Switzerland’s international environmental performance review: mixed results
Bern, 27. The OECD's 3rd Environmental Performance Review of Switzerland shows that despite progress, Switzerland still has a very high environmental impact.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.11.2017
Use of antibiotics - only if necessary
Bern, 10. Spearheading the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Environment - Economics / Business - 23.10.2017
First step towards climate-aligned financial flows
Bern, 23. In the context of the Paris Agreement, Swiss pension funds and insurance companies were invited by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the State Secretariat for International Financial SIF to test the climate compatibility of their portfolios.

Environment - Administration - 06.10.2017
Instrument of ratification deposited: Paris climate agreement to enter into force for Switzerland on 5 November 2017
Bern, 06. Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification in New York on 6 October 2017, making it an official party to the Paris Agreement.

Politics - 30.09.2017
Minamata Convention sets up office in Geneva
Bern, 30. On 30 September 2017, the approximately 150 States meeting in Geneva for the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury decided to base the Convention in Geneva.

Politics - Environment - 28.09.2017
Convention on mercury: a success of multilateralism
Bern, 28. Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, participated on 28 September 2017 in the Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury that began last Sunday in Geneva.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.09.2017
Increase of antibiotic resistance - Antibiotic Awareness Week highlights the risks
Bern, 14. The global fight against antibiotic resistance is ramping up. The World Health Organization has launched an Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will be running for the first time in Switzerland from 13 to 19 November 2017.

Politics - Environment - 06.09.2017
Mercury: first Minamata Convention conference in Geneva
Bern, 06. The first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will take place from 24 to 29 September in Geneva.

Environment - Administration - 16.08.2017
Linking of the Swiss and European emissions trading systems: big step forward
Bern, 16. Switzerland and the European Union are preparing to link their emissions trading systems. The Federal Council approved the signing of the corresponding agreement at its meeting of 16 August 2017.

Environment - 20.07.2017
Swiss Forestry Statistics 2016 - Declining timber harvest hits ten-year low
Neuchâtel, 20.07.2017 - (FSO) - In 2016 the Swiss timber harvest continued its decline.

Economics / Business - 02.06.2017
Emissions trading scheme: acquisition of aviation data in 2018
Bern, 02. The integration of greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector into the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is a necessary step in order to link the Swiss and European schemes.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 01.06.2017
Landscapes remain under pressure
Bern, 01. Landscapes play an important role in Switzerland's quality of life and attractiveness as a location. They remain under considerable pressure: the latest results of the Landscape Monitoring Switzerland programme reveal a continuous deterioration in the quality of the country's landscapes. Only sporadic improvements can be observed, thanks to the revitalisation of rivers and streams, for example.

Environment - 26.05.2017
Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation
Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation Bern, 26.

Environment - 04.04.2017
Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams
Dübendorf, 04. Small watercourses are contaminated with large numbers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. A study commissioned by the Federal Office for the Environment and published today shows that the legal requirements specified for water quality are not met in any of the five Swiss streams investigated.

Environment - Economics / Business - 03.03.2017
Environmental aspects in financial market policy: Federal Council is informed of progress made
Bern, 03. Sustainability is important also for the financial markets.