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Ignazio Cassis marks centenary of International Labour Organization with António Guterres and meets UN executive heads

08.05.2019 — Press release EDA
On 8 May 2019, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis travelled to Geneva to commemorate with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The creation of the ILO and – in the same year – the League of Nations, marked the beginning of multilateralism in Geneva. The head of the FDFA took the opportunity to meet the 31 heads of the UN specialised agencies, which are holding a meeting from 8 to 10 May 2019 in Geneva.


Meeting in Bern between Ignazio Cassis and Bhutanese foreign minister Tandi Dorji

07.05.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has met the Bhutanese foreign minister, Tandi Dorji, for official talks in Bern. Switzerland and the Himalayan state can look back on many years of friendly relations, which for a long time were based primarily on development cooperation. The two countries' economic and political relations meanwhile are steadily expanding.


More effective international cooperation: FDFA and EAER launch public consultation

02.05.2019 — Press release EDA
Swiss development cooperation is to become more focused, making it more effective. This is the proposed strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation, submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) on 2 May 2019.


Working visit to Chile: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis holds political talks and attends 'Colegio Suizo' anniversary celebration

24.04.2019 — Press release EDA
During a working visit to Chile, Mr Cassis attended an event at Colegio Suizo in Santiago to mark the 80th anniversary of Latin America's oldest official Swiss school. In his speech, Mr Cassis emphasised the payoffs of long-term investment in education. Political discussions focused mainly on the situation in Venezuela, modernising the EFTA-Chile Free Trade Agreement and bilateral cooperation in areas such as the environment.



African Union and consultations: State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl in political talks in Ethiopia

09.04.2019 — Press release EDA
FDFA State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl met members of the African Union on Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at the organisation's headquarters. At the heart of discussions were peace and security policy and the issue of migration. On Tuesday she held bilateral consultations with her Ethiopian counterpart, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Tekle. Ms Baeriswyl had come from Rwanda, where she took part in the remembrance ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide, with a delegation led by Marina Carobbio Guscetti, President of the National Council.


Positive review of Switzerland's international cooperation by the OECD

05.04.2019 — Press release EDA
The Development Assistance Committee presented the results of its review of Switzerland's international cooperation in Bern on 5 April 2019. Its findings are for the most part positive: Switzerland is a strong and reliable development partner. The Committee has made new recommendations to Switzerland to enable it to meet the challenges ahead. Among other measures, it calls on Switzerland to focus on its commitments and to work towards spending 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA).


A Switzerland that is not content to stand by

29.03.2019 — Press release EDA
This past year has been marked by droughts and flooding. The devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai in south-east Africa points to a future where such events will no longer be an exception. In view of the urgency of this global issue, the focus of this year's Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid was 'Water in Crisis'. The conference brought together representatives of the international community, water experts and those affected to discuss the challenges ahead and new approaches and solutions.


Ignazio Cassis holds political talks in Egypt on bilateral cooperation, regional issues and migration

25.03.2019 — Press release EDA
On a working visit to Cairo, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. The talks focused on Switzerland's relations with Egypt, an important partner country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Mr Cassis, head of the FDFA, had started his working visit on Sunday with an event marking 110 years of bilateral trade relations, where he met with Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and toured a Swiss-supported project in migration.



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