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SDC Assistant Director General Christian Frutiger to represent Switzerland on the Board of Governors of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

27.11.2019 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 27 November 2019, the Federal Council appointed Christian Frutiger, Head of Global Cooperation at the SDC, as the new IFAD Governor for Switzerland. IFAD enables the rural poor to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience, a mandate which aligns with Switzerland's development policy priorities.


Switzerland also speaks Italian and Romansh: a boon or a hindrance?

27.11.2019 — Press release EDA
Where do Italian and Romansh currently stand in Switzerland? A symposium organised jointly by the Directorate of International Law and the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) provided an opportunity to debate the subject. Switzerland's commitments under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages were also discussed. The conference, opened by the director of the FOC, Isabelle Chassot, was closed by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.



Internet Governance Forum: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis calls for all stakeholders to be included in debate on use of digital technologies

26.11.2019 — Press release EDA
At this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Switzerland is advocating judicious rules on digital governance, covering economic issues as well as security and human rights. Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Ignazio Cassis has called for a "Swiss approach" in which all actors and stakeholders join forces to address the issues raised by digital technologies. He said that Geneva already provided the perfect conditions for such a multi-stakeholder approach, which would bring together all relevant decision-makers.


Switzerland concerned about the situation in Xinjiang, China )

26.11.2019 — Press release EDA
The FDFA is greatly concerned about the revelations in the documents published in the last few days about the internment of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. It calls on the Chinese government to address the concerns raised by many states and to allow the UN unhindered access to the region.


Internet Governance Forum: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis calls for cooperation between all actors at the UN conference on digital cooperation in Berlin

25.11.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis is to take part in the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin on 26 November 2019 at the invitation of the German government. The Forum, the world’s foremost and largest UN multi-stakeholder conference on digital cooperation, is concerned with all aspects of digital policy, including economic, regulatory, security and human rights issues. The participation of Federal Councillor Cassis underscores Switzerland’s active and constructive role in digital diplomacy and digital governance issues.



30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis meets two school classes on the occasion

20.11.2019 — EDA
The right to education, protection, play and leisure – children have certain rights that, alongside their general welfare, states are obliged to guarantee. These obligations are enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted 30 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Mr Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, opened the doors of the Federal Palace in Bern to two school classes from the canton of Ticino.


Switzerland elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

20.11.2019 — EDA
UNESCO strives to promote peace and sustainable development through international cooperation in education, science, culture and media development. UNESCO's General Conference has now elected Switzerland to the organisation's Executive Board for 2019–23. The new Executive Board's mandate will include drafting UNESCO's next medium-term strategy for 2022–29.




The Federal Council concludes an agreement on privileges and immunities with the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association

18.11.2019 — EDA
On 18 November 2019 Switzerland and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA) signed an agreement on the privileges and immunities accorded to the association in Switzerland. ICoCA plays a major role in ensuring compliance with the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and in promoting the responsible provision of security services.

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