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International Bioterrorism Response Coordination Exercise (Black Ice II)

09.09.2009 — Press release EDA
On September 7-8, 2009, the United States Government and the Government of Switzerland co-hosted an International Bioterrorism Response Coordination Exercise (called “Black ICE II”) in Montreux, Switzerland. This two-day tabletop exercise was an opportunity for officials from numerous international and regional organizations and national governments to examine the critical cooperation and coordination issues that would be necessary to respond to an international bioterrorism attack. Black ICE II built on the lessons learned through the original Black ICE exercise, also held in Montreux, in September 2006.


Switzerland accredits an ambassador to ASEAN

04.09.2009 — Press release EDA
Switzerland today accredited an ambassador to ASEAN, the South-East Asian community of states. The Swiss ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Bernardino Regazzoni, handed over his accreditation papers to ASEAN General Secretary Dr. Surin Pitsuwan on 4 September 2009.



World Climate Conference-3 Establishes a Global Framework on Climate Services

03.09.2009 — Press release EDA
World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), which has brought together from 31 August to 4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, more than 2000 climate scientists, sectoral experts and decision-makers today established a Global Framework for Climate Services "to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services."


Press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

01.09.2009 — Press release EDA
The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey have agreed to start their internal political consultations on the two protocols – the “Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations” and the “Protocol on the development of bilateral relations” – which have been initialled in the course of their efforts under Swiss mediation.


WCC-3: Working to make climate services available to all

31.08.2009 — Press release EDA
Experts and politicians from around the world are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to ensure that the current and future generations have access to the climate predictions and information necessary for various socio-economic sectors to cope with climate variability and change. This will be done in particular by identifying the key components required for a Global Framework for Climate Services.


Switzerland – Libya: Federal Council designates arbitrator for arbitral tribuna

30.08.2009 — Press release EDA
The Implementation of the agreement between Switzerland and Libya is following its course in time. As a next step, both countries must establish an arbitral tribunal and designate each an independent third country personality. The Federal Council has designated the British lawyer Elizabeth Wilmshurst as arbitrator.


Annual Development Cooperation Conference: Climate Protection and Development belong together

21.08.2009 — Press release EDA
Climate change particularly impacts the countries in the South, jeopardizing the progress made in development over the past years. How can climate protection be reconciled with the right to development? This was the question addressed at the Annual Development Conference organized by the SDC and SECO on the theme of “Climate Protection and Development”, which took place on 21 August in Zurich. Some 2500 persons attended the Annual Conference which featured Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden, the Peruvian Minister of Environment Antonio Brack, as well as numerous speakers from both Switzerland and abroad.


UBS: New Treaty Request Instead Of Unilateral Action

19.08.2009 — Press release EDA
Agreement between Switzerland and the USA enters into force In the UBS case, the United States will submit a new treaty request to Switzerland and will withdraw the John Doe summons that demands disclosure of the identity of 52,000 UBS account-holders. In return, Switzerland has undertaken to process the new treaty request, concerning approx. 4,450 accounts, within a year. These are the terms of the agreement between Switzerland and the USA to settle the looming conflict between the two nations' legal systems.


50 Years of Development Cooperation in Nepal - Opening of an Embassy in Kathmandu

17.08.2009 — Press release EDA
On 17 August, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Swiss development cooperation with Nepal took place in Kathmandu. The event coincided with the festive opening of a Swiss Embassy in the presence of the Nepal’s Premier Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal and Foreign Minister Ms. Sujata Koirola.


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