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

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

Audit Procurement of goods and services for humanitarian operations - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Humanitarian aid is an instrument of the Confederation's international cooperation. For 2017 to 2020, the budget foresees an average of CHF 335 million in support for humanitarian operations each year (in 2017: CHF 332.6 million). Most of this is accounted for in international agreements and contributions. In 2017, goods and services to the value of around CHF 15 million were procured through humanitarian aid. A large proportion of the procurements are made by missions abroad.

Audit number: 18356