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Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey opens 16th session of the Human Rights Council

01.03.2011 — Press release EDA
Acting in her capacity as representative of host country Switzerland, the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey opened the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. In her opening speech, she condemned the appalling use of violence against demonstrators in North Africa and the Middle East and stressed the fundamental importance of human rights: “True stability and sustainable development are only possible in societies where the authorities respect the fundamental rights of their people,” she stated.


Support for the mental health system in Bosnia and Herzegovina: SDC and four cantons sign an agreement

25.02.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Geneva and Jura have agreed to work together to help strengthen the mental health system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement they have signed calls for joint financial and technical support to improve access to services in this field and their quality. The new agreement is an extension of cooperation that has existed between the cantons and the SDC for a period of several years, notably in Eastern Europe. It also marks a “first” since four cantons are associated with the Confederation in this cooperative venture.


FDFA condemns violence in Libya

21.02.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA condemns the targeted violence used by the Libyan authorities against the demonstrators.


Report “The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water” (last modification, the 18.02.2011)

18.02.2011 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 10 February 2011, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey presented the report “The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water” to the Swiss Press Club in Geneva. Supported by Switzerland and by the Swedish government, the report compiles a list of 10 recommendations whose objective is to contribute to building peace and to reducing the conflicts in the Middle East thanks to a sustainable trans-border management of water in the region.



Switzerland supports South Sudan in setting up a Central Bank

18.02.2011 — Press release EDA
As a soon-to-be sovereign State, South Sudan must begin building institutions in the domain of financial policy and acquire the necessary know-how. Switzerland supports this goal and has already transmitted technical expertise in the areas of “State assets and national debt” and “banking activities and currency issues”. This week, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) once again conducted a workshop for South Sudanese specialists and high-ranking government representatives.


More than 695,000 Swiss nationals living abroad

17.02.2011 — Press release EDA
The number of Swiss nationals living abroad rose in 2010 by 10,127 to 695,101. In 2000, 580,396 Swiss nationals were living abroad. The number of persons with dual nationality has strongly increased: it has risen by 8,852 to 502,320.


Switzerland and Nigeria sign agreement on migration partnership

16.02.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland and Nigeria signed an agreement today establishing a migration partnership. The agreement was signed when Nigeria's foreign minister, Henry Odein Ajumogobia, officially met with the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, Simonetta Sommaruga. The meeting was followed by a working lunch with Peter Maurer, the Swiss state secretary for foreign affairs, and a courtesy visit to Micheline Calmy-Rey, the current president of the Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


Official visit of Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey to Spain

11.02.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, made an official working visit to Madrid on Friday. At the end of her visit, Mrs Calmy-Rey announced that Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain had agreed to come to Switzerland on a state visit on 12 and 13 May.


Federal Council orders freezing of any assets of Egypt

11.02.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has decided to freeze any assets in Switzerland of the former Egyptian President and parties close to him with immediate effect in order to avoid any misappropriation of Egyptian government assets. At the same time the Federal Council is appealing to the parties in charge in Egypt to quickly respond to the legitimate demands of the Egyptian people in a credible, participatory and transparent manner.


Report “The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water” (last modification, the 18.02.2011)

10.02.2011 — EDA
On Thursday, 10 February 2011, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey presented the report “The Blue Peace: Rethinking Middle East Water” to the Swiss Press Club in Geneva. Supported by Switzerland and by the Swedish government, the report compiles a list of 10 recommendations whose objective is to contribute to building peace and to reducing the conflicts in the Middle East thanks to a sustainable trans-border management of water in the region.


Official visit of Swiss President, Micheline Calmy-Rey to Spain

09.02.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland’s President, Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will make an official working visit to Spain on 11 February 2011. The programme includes a meeting with Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero, and a working meeting followed by lunch with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ms Trinidad Jiménez.

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