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FEATURE STORY August 25, 2017

Celebration of 25th Anniversary of Swiss Membership to the World Bank


Federal Council Johann Schneider-Ammann and Jim Kim World Bank President,  celebrating "25 years Switzerland - World Bank: Results and Outlook" on Wednesday, 23 August 2017, in Bern, Switzerland. 

KEYSTONE/Marcel Bieri

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Amman met for a conference in mid-August in Bern to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Switzerland joining the World Bank. The Bank’s successes and challenges of the past 25 years were discussed, as well as future avenues explored to how the World Bank might contribute to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals and reducing poverty worldwide.

Switzerland joined the World Bank Group in 1992 after Swiss voters approved the accession with a 56 percent majority. 

Switzerland is committed to a strong multilateral system and supports the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Switzerland is a co-donor of the WBG and also co-finances selective development projects.