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Syria: Switzerland reaffirms engagement in favour of the Syrian population and a political solution to the conflict

14.03.2019 — Press release EDA
On the occasion of the third Syria conference, held by the EU and UN in Brussels on 14 March 2019, Switzerland is increasing its commitment in response to the Syrian conflict. In 2019 it will allocate CHF 61 million to support the population in need in Syria and neighbouring countries and a further CHF 7 million to promote peace in the region. Switzerland was represented at the conference by the State Secretary of the FDFA Pascale Baeriswyl. In addition to humanitarian engagement, the conference will seek support for a political solution through the UN-led Geneva peace process. Syrian civil society must be involved if there is to be lasting peace, along with efforts to address the massive violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in Syria. Switzerland is pursuing both of these objectives with specific projects.

Inauguration of the Week of the French language and La Francophonie

14.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The next ‘Week of the French Language and La Francophonie’ kicks off in Bern on 14 March. Celebrated all over the world to reflect and showcase the diversity of la Francophonie, it will run in Switzerland until 26 March and feature numerous events on the theme of La Francophonie in Africa, combining culture, celebration and conviviality. Events will be held in more than fifteen towns and cities around the country, and in German-speaking Switzerland will focus on bringing together native French speakers and learners of the language.

UN Commission on the Status of Women: Switzerland's commitment to gender equality

07.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opens in New York on Monday 11 March 2019. This year's session focuses on social protection systems for women and girls and their access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The Swiss delegation is led by Federal Councillor Alain Berset.

Official visit to Bern by Tunisian foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui

28.02.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui during an official working visit to Bern. The two chief diplomats discussed international development cooperation and economic relations between Switzerland and Tunisia. The issue of migration was also addressed.

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen: donors gathered in Geneva pledge USD 2,6 billion to alleviate suffering among the population

26.02.2019 — Press release EDA
Four years of armed conflict have submerged Yemen in the most serious humanitarian crisis currently facing the world, with millions of people deprived of water, food and healthcare. At the same time, the conflict is hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid. Switzerland is stepping up its support and has pledged CHF 13.5 million to help the people of Yemen. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, representing Switzerland as Vice-President of the Federal Council, announced the pledge today in Geneva at a donor conference organised by Switzerland in conjunction with Sweden and the UN.

Federal Council strengthens Switzerland's position as host state and in addressing emerging issues

20.02.2019 — Press release EDA
On 20 February 2019, the Federal Council adopted a new dispatch to strengthen Switzerland's position as a host state during the 2020–23 period. The dispatch aims to consolidate and ensure the long-term development of Switzerland's role as host state. To achieve this goal, the Federal Council took the further step of approving the creation, together with the Canton and City of Geneva, of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GSDA) foundation. To enable the GSDA to pursue its objectives from the outset, the Federal Council also appointed Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Patrick Aebischer to serve as the foundation's president and vice-president, respectively.

Switzerland provides additional 10 million francs for Rohingya refugees

15.02.2019 — Press release EDA
In 2019, Switzerland will provide CHF 10 million and deploy experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to help tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. The humanitarian crisis in eastern Bangladesh, a region that has taken in large numbers refugees, remains acute. The international Joint Response Plan seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet basic needs.

Quotas for UK citizens in the event of a disorderly withdrawal from the EU

13.02.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council aims to safeguard its close bilateral relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit. At its meeting on 13 February, it decided on arrangements for the admission of British citizens in the event of the United Kingdom’s disorderly withdrawal from the European Union. A separate quota of permits will be made available for British citizens who wish to come to Switzerland to work after 30 March 2019. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will draft amendments to the Ordinance on Admission, Period of Stay and Employment (ASEO) by the end of March.

Switzerland working to prevent violence in Nigeria's upcoming presidential elections

13.02.2019 — Press release EDA
By signing the Abuja Peace Agreement, the main candidates have today renewed their commitment to conducting peaceful presidential elections and promoting post-election peace. Switzerland commends all the signatories and calls on them to abide by the agreement. At the request of Nigerian stakeholders, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has contributed technical expertise and financial support to efforts to prevent election-related violence, working in cooperation with local and international partners such as the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis satisfied with Washington visit

08.02.2019 — Press release EDA
Following his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington on Thursday, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) noted that his discussions there confirmed Switzerland's status as a valued partner of the United States. Bilateral relations, international political affairs and multilateral politics were the focus of his meetings with Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton as well as with several US senators.

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