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The FDFA brings Swiss tourists back from Latin America

21.03.2020 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is planning the organised return of Swiss tourists from Latin America in cooperation with the airline Edelweiss. Two charter flights are planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 March 2020. They should bring back to Switzerland around 630 blocked persons from Peru and Colombia.


Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”

19.03.2020 — Press release EDA
Earlier this week, the Federal Council called on Swiss travellers to return home quickly. In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.


New Swiss representative at the World Bank Group

13.03.2020 — Press release EDA
On 13 March the Federal Council nominated Dominique Favre as Switzerland’s new representative at the World Bank Group in Washington. It has also conferred on him the title of ambassador. Dominque Favre will serve as Alternate Executive Director of the Swiss-led constituency from the autumn, before assuming the role of Executive Director in the period 2022-2024.


Bundesrat verschärft Massnahmen gegen das Coronavirus zum Schutz der Gesundheit und unterstützt betroffene Branchen

13.03.2020 — Press release EDA
Um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus in der Schweiz einzudämmen und um die Bevölkerung und die Gesundheitsversorgung zu schützen, hat der Bundesrat an seiner Sitzung vom 13. März 2020 weitere Massnahmen beschlossen: Er verbietet ab sofort und bis Ende April Veranstaltungen mit mehr als 100 Personen, in Restaurants, Bars und Diskotheken dürfen sich maximal 50 Personen aufhalten. Damit kann das gegenseitige Abstandhalten einfacher eingehalten werden. An den Schulen darf bis am 4. April vor Ort kein Unterricht stattfinden. Die Einreise aus Italien wird weiter eingeschränkt. Der Bundesrat stellt zudem bis zu 10 Milliarden Franken als Soforthilfe zur Verfügung, um die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen der Pandemie rasch und unbürokratisch abzufedern.


Rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association at centre of Switzerland's work in the Human Rights Council in Geneva

13.03.2020 — Press release EDA
The Human Rights Council in Geneva today suspended its 43rd session as a measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During the three weeks in which the Council was held, Switzerland was able to underscore the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights as a prerequisite for peace and the prevention of conflicts, and for sustainable economic and social development.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis on official visit to Paris

10.03.2020 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), paid an official visit to Paris from 9 to 10 March 2020. Talks with his French counterpart, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, focused on bilateral relations, Switzerland's European policy and international current affairs. Measures adopted by the international community to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus were also discussed.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis on official visit to Paris

09.03.2020 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will pay an official visit to Paris on 9 and 10 March. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will travel to Paris at the invitation of Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The discussions will focus on bilateral and cross-border issues, European policy and current international events.


UN Commission on Women's Rights adopts political declaration delivering a mixed assessment of the position of women worldwide

09.03.2020 — Press release EDA
The UN's member states have adopted a political declaration at a meeting in New York of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) marking the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The member states recognise that progress has been made in many areas, but note that no country has fully achieved gender equality and significant gender gaps remain around the world. In the negotiations leading up to the political declaration, Switzerland succeeded in championing its priority themes, including human rights, the involvement of civil society, combating gender-related and domestic violence, the economic empowerment of women, equal pay, better recognition of unpaid care work and the need for reliable statistics and data.



UN High Commissioner for Human Rights pays visit to Bern

02.03.2020 — Press release EDA
On Monday, 2 March, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, met with President Simonetta Sommaruga and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis in Bern. Both meetings highlighted the valuable cooperation between Switzerland and the Office of the High Commissioner in Geneva, with President Sommaruga and the UN High Commissioner going on in the afternoon to discuss further topics such as women’s rights, climate policy and the areas in which these two issues overlap.


FDFA statement on military escalation in Syria

28.02.2020 — Press release EDA
The FDFA is very concerned about the military escalation in north-western Syria and the serious impact this is having on the civilian population. It calls on all parties to the conflict to comply strictly with international law, in particular international humanitarian law, and to return to the negotiating table with a view to implementing an immediate ceasefire. Switzerland raised its concerns with the UN Human Rights Council on 27 February 2020.

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