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Democracy and Decentralisation

27.04.2010 — Press release EDA
On 3 and 4 May 2010, the University of St. Gallen’s Executive Campus will host the International Conference on Democracy and Decentralisation. The conference takes place under the patronage of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The first day of the Conference will be open to the general public.


Human rights dialogue between Switzerland and Vietnam

25.04.2010 — Press release EDA
A Vietnamese delegation visited Bern from 22 to 24 April for the eighth round of dialogue on human rights and international organisations. The talks focused on legal issues, the protection of minority rights, freedom of religion and the rights of women, as well as international human rights questions.


Visit by Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to Sarajevo for the Council of Europe

23.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, held talks with representatives of the authorities and of political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 April. The main purpose of the talks was to identify and to discuss ways of bringing the constitutional and legal framework of Bosnia-Herzegovina into line with its commitments and obligations as a member of the Council of Europe.


IMF and World Bank Group 2010 Spring Meetings

22.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Hans-Rudolf Merz as head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and Philipp Hildebrand, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), will take part in the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington from 24 to 25 April 2010. The most important topics of discussion in the meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) will be the exit strategies from the extraordinary support measures and the strengthening of the mandate and the governance structure of the IMF. The focus of the discussions in the Development Committee (DC) will be the strategy of the World Bank, the current governance reforms and the progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


Switzerland ratifies the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property

16.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Today, Switzerland has ratified the United Nations Convention of 2 December 2004 on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property. It is the ninth State to ratify the Convention which, once it enters into force, will contribute to enhancing legal certainty in the area of immunities both for foreign States in Switzerland and for Switzerland abroad.





Call for project proposals for the Polish-Swiss research programme

01.04.2010 — Press release EDA
As part of the enlargement contribution, Switzerland is supporting a research cooperation programme with Poland to the tune of 19 million francs. In the invitation published on 1 April 2010, interested Polish and Swiss research institutions are asked to submit project proposals.


UN reconstruction conference in New York: Switzerland to support Haiti with 90 million Swiss francs

01.04.2010 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will enter into a long-term engagement in Haiti. At the UN Donors' Conference in New York on 31 March 2010, SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden expressed Switzerland's solidarity with the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean country. Until 2012, the Swiss Confederation will contribute a total of CHF 35.9 million to the rebuilding of Haiti, while an additional CHF 55 million will come from donations collected directly by Swiss Solidarity and its partner organisations.


Conference on child begging and trafficking in children

31.03.2010 — Press release EDA
Swiss cities, such as Bern, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, find themselves confronted with a surge in organised begging in the streets. There are also many children to be found among the groups of beggars originating primarily from Romania. The well-founded suspicion exists that there is a link between the begging scene and trafficking in children. With the objective of developing strategies to solve this problem, FDFA Political Affairs Division IV Human Security, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the Coordination Centre against Human Trafficking and Smuggling invited specialists from Switzerland and abroad to a meeting in Bern.


FDFA supports the dissolution of the Global Humanitarian Forum with socially compatible measures

31.03.2010 — Press release EDA
The "Forum Humanitaire mondial – Global Humanitarian Forum" (GHF) in Geneva is over-indebted and is obliged to cease activity. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA is prepared to ensure the payment of salaries and social contributions for GHF staff during the contractual period of notice. In addition, the FDFA will shoulder half of the GHF’s outstanding debts. In an attempt to find a socially acceptable solution, a total amount of CHF 1.75 million, has been planned for this purpose.

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