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Visit by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe

28.10.2009 — Press release EDA
The new Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, arrived in Switzerland today, Wednesday 28.10.09, for his first official visit. His talks with Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey focused on Switzerland’s imminent accession to the chair of the Committee of Ministers, the Council’s decision-making body. Other important topics of discussion included ways and means for cooperation, Switzerland’s priorities as chair, reform of the Council and current political issues.

Switzerland elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee

27.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Yesterday evening in Paris, Switzerland was elected to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee by a clear majority, at the biennial General Assembly of the 186 signatory states of the World Heritage Convention. 12 of the 21 seats on the committee had to be filled and there were 29 candidates from among the signatory states.

FDFA target of virus attack

26.10.2009 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs has been the target of a professional virus attack. Analyses are currently in progress in order to determine whether the IT system has been damaged. The FDFA has isolated its IT network from the Internet.

Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey received the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs

22.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, today received the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos for a working visit and luncheon. Spain will assume the EU Presidency on 1 January 2010 and, in this capacity, will be a particularly crucial discussion partner for Switzerland.

Official visit to Berne by Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

19.10.2009 — Press release EDA
On Monday, Federal President Hans-Rudolf Merz met the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, during his official visit to Berne. The topics discussed by the statesmen included the development of cultural and economic relationships between Switzerland and Azerbaijan, cooperation with multilateral financial institutions, and the strengthening of cooperation in the energy field. This morning, President Aliyev was received by Alain Berset, President of the Council of States.

Expert seminar on Global Governance

16.10.2009 — Press release EDA
An expert seminar has been held on Friday in Geneva on Global Institutions and Global Governance: Lessons Learned and Ways Ahead. This event was organised by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) in conjunction with the Centre for International Governance.

Migration – A motor of development? !

16.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Can migration be a driving force behind development? The latest report on human development published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delves into this very issue. The report points out how migration can be better utilized in reaching development goals. Cognizant of the major role migration plays in development policy, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is strengthening its previous commitment within the scope of a Global Programme.

Investments in Agriculture: Opportunities and Risks for Food Security

15.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Are large-scale investments in agricultural land in the countries of the South an opportunity for food security or do they instead represent a risk? This is the issue that will be addressed by domestic and foreign experts at a scientific symposium scheduled to be held in Bern on 15 October 2009 on the eve of World Food Day (16 October).

Dealing with the past: essential for all peace processes

15.10.2009 — Press release EDA
Failure to adequately deal with the past can revive conflicts. Switzerland seeks to prevent the resurgence of conflict through its global commitment to helping post-conflict societies make amends. At the annual conference of the FDFA’s Political Affairs Division IV: Human Security, which took place in Bern today, the responsibility of the State was highlighted from various angles. Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, the Head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Richard Goldstone and other local and foreign dignitaries attended this public gathering, which drew over 450 participants.

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