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70th anniversary of Swiss-Israeli diplomatic relations: cooperation on 'science and diplomacy' and the promotion of peace in the Middle East

02.09.2019 — EDA
The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Ignazio Cassis, held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz on Monday, 2 September 2019 in Lucerne during events to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Israel. The two ministers discussed various bilateral issues and the situation in the Middle East. On Tuesday, Mr Katz will also pay a courtesy visit to Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation.




Laudatio Carla del Ponte (de)

27.08.2019 — EDA
St. Gallen, 27.08.2019 – Address by the Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis at the World Demographic & Ageing Forum on the occasion of the Award Ceremony to Carla del Ponte - Check against delivery


Daring to innovate: Swiss ambassadors discuss the foreign policy of the future

26.08.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has opened this year's Ambassadors and International Network Conference of Swiss ambassadors in Bern. The event will focus on three key topics for the FDFA – namely Switzerland's 2028 Foreign Policy Vision, foreign policy strategy for the period 2020-23, and the development of a new career profile for diplomatic staff – with a view to shaping and expanding Switzerland's future foreign policy.


Switzerland steps up the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria

21.08.2019 — Press release EDA
Every year, 2.5 million people die of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. At its meeting of 21 August 2019, the Federal Council approved a contribution of CHF 64 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the 2020–22 period and a further CHF 30 million for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for the 2019–21 period. With this funding and its expertise, Switzerland aims to reduce global health risks while strengthening Geneva's position as a centre of excellence in the field of global health.


Federal Council joins political declaration to prevent sexual assault in UN field operations

21.08.2019 — Press release EDA
On 21 August 2019, the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would support a political declaration of intent (compact) on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in UN field operations. The compact between the Federal Council and the UN Secretary-General sets out measures, which, although legally non-binding on either party, are consistent with the zero tolerance policy the Federal Council has set out in Switzerland’s priorities for the UN.



Meet the Ambassadors

19.08.2019 — Local news EDA
From August 19 to September 6, 2019, the FDFA is embarking on a special kind of tour de suisse: as part of the "Meet the Ambassadors" project, Swiss ambassadors will visit their home cantons for eleven days to talk about her work abroad or in the FDFA. The focus is on exchanges with people about foreign policy and the work of diplomats.


Federal Act on Private Security Services Provided Abroad: annual implementation report for 2018

14.08.2019 — EDA
The authority responsible for the implementation of the Federal Act on Private Security Services Provided Abroad (PSSA) has published its third activity report, covering the period from 1 January–31 December 2018. The authority processed a total of 479 declarations from private security companies. The Federal Council took note of this at its meeting on 14 August 2019.


Switzerland's natural beauty, location advantage and political system earn accolades abroad

13.08.2019 — EDA
A representative survey carried out by Presence Switzerland in 19 countries shows that Switzerland enjoys a very positive image abroad. It earns high marks for its natural beauty, unspoiled environment and well-functioning political system, and also as a centre for business, research and education. The Swiss financial sector enjoys an excellent reputation, with its banks and financial institutions taking the first rank ahead of Germany, the UK and the US. There is however limited public awareness internationally of what Switzerland is doing to promote peace and human rights and address the problems the world is facing today.


Ignazio Cassis visits Swiss projects in cyclone-stricken Mozambique

07.08.2019 — Press release EDA
On the second day of his trip to Mozambique, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visited Swiss humanitarian aid projects in the country. In Beira in central Mozambique he saw first-hand the scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March 2019 and the measures taken in its wake.

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