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'Together we're better': SDC and SECO sponsor initiatives run by committed young people

18.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Working with young men and women on overcoming global challenges: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have launched the 'Together we're better' competition, sponsoring initiatives run by young people. The SDC and SECO are looking for innovative projects run by young people in the 16–35 age group which aim to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities in developing countries. Prizes will be awarded to the winning projects at the 2019 Annual Development Cooperation Conference to be held in Fribourg on 21 June 2019.

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2019

18.01.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council holds the view that the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is of great importance. Four Federal Council members will be attending the event this year; around 50 bilateral meetings are expected to take place. President Ueli Maurer will open the event with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Tuesday, 22 January.

European policy: arrangements for consultations on the draft institutional agreement

16.01.2019 — Press release EDA
At its meeting of 16 January 2019, the Federal Council decided on the arrangements for consultations on the draft institutional agreement between Switzerland and the European Union. Interactive consultations will be held in the form of meetings with the groups concerned, providing an opportunity to explain the draft agreement and answer questions. The Federal Council will review the status of these consultations in the spring.

Switzerland assumes chairmanship of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation

16.01.2019 — Press release EDA
From January to April 2019, Switzerland holds the chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC). The Forum’s Security Dialogues are an opportunity for the 57 OSCE member States to discuss issues of military security and stability in Europe. The Forum provides a platform for action to address issues such as the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons.

Ignazio Cassis receives Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Enzo Moavero Milanesi in Lugano

14.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has hosted a working meeting with Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi in Lugano. The two ministers underlined the close relationship between Switzerland and Italy and discussed a number of bilateral and multilateral issues. Switzerland's European policy was also on the agenda.

Unfall mit sechs Schweizer Todesopfern in Schweden – Stellungnahme des EDA (DE)

13.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Mit grosser Betroffenheit nimmt das EDA vom schweren Unfall Kenntnis, bei dem am 12. Januar 2019 in Schweden sechs Schweizer Staatsangehörige ums Leben gekommen sind und ein Schweizer verletzt wurde. Bundesrat Ignazio Cassis spricht den Angehörigen der Opfer und des Verletzten im Namen des Bundesrates sein tief empfundenes Mitgefühl aus.

Switzerland and South Africa discuss their relations

10.01.2019 — Press release EDA
The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, had talks on Thursday in Durban with Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Lawrence Mkhize and Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan. The main topics of discussion included bilateral relations and economic cooperation with Switzerland, challenges for South Africa including the 2019 elections, the economic reform programme, decentralisation, migration issues, global geopolitics and multilateralism.

The fight against AIDS takes centre stage during Ignazio Cassis's visit to Zimbabwe

09.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis paid a brief visit to Zimbabwe on Wednesday where he visited the Newlands Clinic in the suburbs of Harare. The clinic is run by the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation, which receives support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Mr Cassis, who is the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), was accompanied on his visit to the clinic by Zimbabwe's health minister, Obadiah Moyo, and the clinic's founder, Ruedi Lüthy.

Switzerland and Zambia sign aviation agreement following first visit by a Swiss minister to Lusaka

08.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal councillor Ignazio Cassis signed an air services agreement on Tuesday in Lusaka with Acting Minister of Transport and Communications Kafwaya Mutotwe. This agreement strengthens ties between the two countries and is one of a range of measures with the potential to strengthen economic relations. During this first visit by a federal councillor to Zambia, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) also met with President Edgar Lungu.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to visit three southern African countries in first visit to the continent

04.01.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will visit Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa next week during his first trip to Africa. The main goals of the trip are to strengthen economic and political relations with these three southern African countries, including by signing an agreement on air transport with Zambia, and to visit projects supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Sebastian Hueber appointed new head of FDFA Information

21.12.2018 — Press release EDA
Sebastian Hueber has been appointed as the new head of FDFA Information by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis. Currently head of communication at the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, Mr Hueber will take up his new post at the FDFA in April 2019 at the latest.

#SwissTech: Switzerland positions itself as a centre for technology and innovation at the world's largest tech expo in Las Vegas

20.12.2018 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be making its first-ever appearance at the world's largest expo for home electronics, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from 8 to 11 January 2019. Presence Switzerland is using this opportunity in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise to create a pavilion that showcases the country as a leading centre of technology and innovation.

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