The City of Zürich intends to coordinate and optimise its external relations in an active and committed way. The Office for Foreign Affairs is tasked with networking the various functional and institutional relationships beyond the city's borders. It implements the mayor's foreign policy strategy on a regional, a national and an international level. It creates the basis for cooperation, forms cross-border alliances and promotes important exchanges of experiences between cities and city regions. It positions Zürich as a sustainable, open and tolerant metropolis which takes its responsibilities towards Switzerland and the rest of the world very seriously. To the outside world, this Office is a gateway; internally it coordinates all the various activities. It fosters partnerships and cooperation and makes sure that business is done fairly.