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The Federal Council adopted the Sustainable Development Strategy 2016–2019 in January of this year. The Strategy sets out the Federal Council's medium to long-term policy priorities in the area of sustainable development. It also indicates the contribution that Switzerland will make towards achieving the United Nations' global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy is now available in typeset form, as well in an abridged version. You can download it or order a free copy via the following link:
How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government departments, politicians, the business sector and society to recognise the risks and opportunities. This in turn enables the risks to be reduced, opportunities to be exploited and costs to be optimised. The groundwork which is laid by the NCCS and various specialist departments helps to set the relevant players on the right track for a future in the context of climate change.
From 1 May to 31 October 2015, the new Milano Rho site will host the universal exhibition "Expo Milano 2015" on the theme of "Feeding the planet, energy for life".
In view of its geographical, economic and cultural proximity to Italy, Switzerland has a strategic interest in Expo 2015, which will be devoted to the topic of food. Swiss participation in Expo 2015 rests on two main pillars: 1) the Swiss pavilion and 2) a programme of activities entitled "Verso l'Expo 2015", the central focus being the Giro del gusto 2014.
In the framework of an update of Annex 12 of the 1999 Agricultural Agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the protection of Designations of Origin (PDOs) and Geographical Indications (PGIs), hereinafter geographical indications (GIs), of agricultural products and foodstuffs (SR 0.916.026.81), Switzerland is currently examining the possibility of protecting as GIs the designations mentioned below, which have been registered in the EU in accordance with the relevant legislation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appointed SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as the FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics. SIB's expertise together with its state-of-the-art scientific services led to the choice of the Institute. The Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, in charge of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, is delighted with this nomination that he says "honours Switzerland". SIB is collaborating with FAO on the screening, monitoring and follow-up of zoonotic diseases (or zoonoses), which are animal infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans, such as avian influenza, and also on animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.
2014 was declared to be the „International Year of Family Farming" by the United Nations. FOAG supports corresponding activities and events in Switzerland.
Foodle.ch is the interactive Suisse food platform. Initiated by Agroscope in 2012, the platform benefits now from the support of various partners from research and education, economy, offices and NGO's. The objective of this initiative is to offer high quality and up-to date information about food to a wide public.
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