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ICMEC identifies gaps in the global community’s ability to properly protect children from abduction, exploitation and abuse and expertly assembles the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps.

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Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less

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Good Neighbors USA is an international humanitarian and development organization committed to building a global community where people live together in health, harmony, and dignity.
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Switzerland will easily be able to feel the effects of climate change due to the country's mountainous landscape.1 In mountainous regions of the country, the temperature has been steadily increasing by 1 degree Celsius each year, and this will only become more acute as the years go on.2 This increase in temperature will congruently see a rise in the frequency and ferocity of floods and landslides that could potentially devastate populations.3 The tourism industry could also take a possible hit as the total area available for winter sports decreases.4

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1 http://www.swissworld.org/en/environment/climate_change/impact_of_climate_change/
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
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Switzerland News

Colorado Springs Gazette 
A general view over the Rhone Glacier covered in blankets above Gletsch near the Furkapass, Switzerland, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The Alps oldest glacier is protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting. (Urs Flueeler/Keystone via AP ... See more..
Philippine Star 
Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon has asked permission of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to allow him to leave the country next month to ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Bern, 23.06.2017 - Every year, more than half a million people worldwide suffer a violent death. No other weapons category causes more violent deaths than small arms. Despite international efforts – in which Switzerland plays an active role – these ... See more..
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Le News 
Swiss Meteo said that ash was initally pushed several kilometres vertically allowing it to be blown across much of Europe. The ash took four days to reach Switzerland. Along with Payerne, ash was detected at a measurement station at Jungfraujoch (3,580 m). See more..
Daily Mail 
A Swiss father has told of the terrifying moment his eight-year-old son was bitten by a particularly aggressive beaver while swimming across the Rhine, before a ... See more..
The Local Switzerland 
Güttingen on Lake Constance was the hottest place in the country on Thursday night. Photo: Ivo Scholz/Swiss Tourism. The Local. news@thelocal.ch. 23 June 2017. 11:41 CEST+02:00. Last night in Switzerland was hotter than ever before in some places, ... See more..
Essex Live 
A man travelled all the way from Switzerland for today's Chelmsford Naked Bike Ride - but he was unable to take part because he didn't have a bike. Daniel's sole reason for coming to this country was the "clothing optional" event, which started at 3pm ... See more..
The Eye of Photography 
Photo Basel is Switzerland's first and only fair dedicated to photography and by all accounts it has improved dramatically from year to year. The biggest improvement so far was last year when the fair moved to its present location at Volkshaus, a ... See more..
Fortune 
Two Chinese supercomputers and an upgraded supercomputer in Switzerland rank ahead of the U.S. in a biannual list of top supercomputers released Monday by the TOP500 organization, which tracks supercomputer speeds. It is only the second time that ... See more..
The Local Switzerland 
The largest arched bridge in Switzerland opened on Thursday after four years of construction work. See more..
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Geography

Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy
Area

Total 41,277 sq km
Land 39,997 sq km
Water 1,280 sq km

Climate

temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers
Natural Resources

hydropower potential, timber, salt ;
Natural Hazards

avalanches, landslides; flash floods
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity

Demographics

Nationality
Swiss
Population
7,996,026 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world. Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector, led by financial services, and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based production. Its economic and political stability, transparent legal system, exceptional infrastructure, efficient capital markets, and low corporate tax rates also make Switzerland one of the world's most competitive economies. The Swiss have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's to enhance their international competitiveness, but some trade ...See More protectionism remains, particularly for its small agricultural sector. The fate of the Swiss economy is tightly linked to that of its neighbors in the euro zone, which purchases half of all Swiss exports. The global financial crisis of 2008 and resulting economic downturn in 2009 stalled export demand and put Switzerland in a recession. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) during this period effectively implemented a zero-interest rate policy to boost the economy as well as prevent appreciation of the franc, and Switzerland's economy recovered in 2010 with 3.0% growth. The sovereign debt crises currently unfolding in neighboring euro-zone countries pose a significant risk to Switzerland's financial stability and are driving up demand for the Swiss franc by investors seeking a safe-haven currency. The independent SNB has upheld its zero-interest rate policy and conducted major market interventions to prevent further appreciation of the Swiss franc, but parliamentarians have urged it to do more to weaken the currency. The franc's strength has made Swiss exports less competitive and weakened the country's growth outlook; GDP growth fell to 1.9% in 2011 and 0.8% in 2012. Switzerland has also come under increasing pressure from individual neighboring countries, the EU, the US, and international institutions to reform its banking secrecy laws. Consequently, the government agreed to conform to OECD regulations on administrative assistance in tax matters, including tax evasion. The government has renegotiated its double taxation agreements with numerous countries, including the US, to incorporate the OECD standard, and is considering the possibility of imposing taxes on bank deposits held by foreigners. These steps will have a lasting impact on Switzerland's long history of bank secrecy. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$369.4 billion (2012 est.); $365.8 billion (2011 est.); $358.9 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

29.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 26.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 33.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grains, fruits, vegetables; meat, eggs
Industries

machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments, tourism, banking, and insurance