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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.


Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo pays state visit to Switzerland

28.02.2020 — Press release EDA
On Friday, 28 February, the full Federal Council, led by President Simonetta Sommaruga, received the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is paying a state visit to Switzerland. The main subjects addressed during official talks at the Bernerhof included economic relations, cooperation on environmental matters, and peace and security policy.


The SDC's commitment to culture creates space for dialogue in fragile contexts

27.02.2020 — Press release EDA
If a region is marked by conflict or a society divided as a result, art and culture can often build bridges and facilitate dialogue between opposing sides. Artists also come under pressure, especially in conflict-affected regions. The international 'Art at Risk' conference in Zurich from 27 to 29 February will focus on this area of tension. The SDC is providing financial support for the conference in order to highlight the potential of art in fragile contexts and to shine a spotlight on the risks that artists in such contexts face.


UN Human Rights Council in Geneva – Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis quotes Nobel laureate Elias Canetti: "The hardest thing is to keep rediscovering what you already know"

24.02.2020 — Press release EDA
In 2019 the world reflected on 100 years of multilateralism in Geneva, where the focus has been on the fundamental rights and dignity of the individual. In 2020 the UN will celebrate its 75th anniversary. It too sees in its Charter the strengthening of human rights as a prerequisite for peace and sustainable development. Reaffirming, promoting and defending these values is a task for all of us, said Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis at the opening of the spring session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 24 February 2020.




Federal Council adopts the International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24

19.02.2020 — Press release EDA
Sustainable global development, coupled with poverty reduction, is indispensable for a stable international order and thus also in Switzerland's interests. At its meeting on 19 February 2020, the Federal Council adopted the Dispatch on Switzerland's Strategy for International Cooperation 2021–24 (International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24). Swiss development cooperation will become more focused, thereby enhancing its effectiveness. With its International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24, the Federal Council is requesting five framework credits totalling CHF 11.25 billion over four years. The thematic focus areas of the new strategy are the creation of decent jobs locally, mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects, reducing the causes of irregular migration and promoting the rule of law. Going forward, still greater use will be made of the potential of the private sector and digitalisation. Multilateralism remains an important pillar of Switzerland's international cooperation.


Switzerland to contribute to capital increases at the World Bank Group and African Development Bank

19.02.2020 — Press release EDA
Switzerland intends to contribute CHF 297 million to capital increases at the World Bank Group WBG and the African Development Bank AfDB. The Federal Council adopted the relevant dispatch on 19 February 2020. The WBG and the AfDB are priority multilateral organisations in terms of Switzerland’s international cooperation, and are key actors in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly with regard to tackling poverty. They support developing countries by granting loans and providing technical assistance.

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