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GlobusThis section contains SFAO audits related to Switzerland's relations with foreign countries.

Audit Water global programme and climate change and environment global programme - Project audits in Senegal, Peru, Uruguay and Sweden

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) implements foreign policy in humanitarian aid, development cooperation and cooperation with Eastern Europe. The SDC's global programmes, which are part of the global cooperation area, were established in 2008 and had never before been the subject of an audit with a set focus by the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO).

Audit number: 17420

Audit Necessity of measures to strengthen Switzerland as host state - Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the United Nations and International Organisations Division (UNIOD) is responsible for strengthening Switzerland's role as host state. In order to do so, it has funding of CHF 117.2 million for the period from 2016 to 2019. A strategy has been put in place. It foresees two sets of measures: strengthening reception conditions and facilities and increasing the impact and global reputation of International Geneva.

Audit number: 18360

Audit Evaluation of the diplomatic activities of small Swiss representations abroad - Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined the functionality and utility of small Swiss embassies abroad. These are representations with a single diplomat supported by three to four local employees. Switzerland has a dense network by international standards, similar in size to that of the Netherlands. Among its 169 representations, the Confederation has about 100 embassies. 31 are small representations. Their annual costs are around CHF 25 million. Most of them are located in European Union (EU) countries.

Audit number: 17565