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Political consultations between Nigeria and Switzerland

20.02.2012 — Press release EDA
The Secretary of State of the FDFA, Peter Maurer, received a Nigerian delegation in Berne on 20 February headed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria, Martin Uhomoibi, as part of political consultations between the two countries which were initiated in May 2010. This high-level meeting addressed a number of bilateral and multilateral topics and is being followed up by technical meetings as part of a partnership on migration and consultations on human rights.


Human Rights Commissioner examines Switzerland

20.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg will review Switzerland's policy and practice in the fight against discrimination from 20 to 23 February 2012. The focus will be on the areas of racism and xenophobia. This visit takes place as part of reviews of the humans right situation by the Council of Europe to which all member states are subjected. The last review for Switzerland took place in 2004.


For the first time more than 700,000 Swiss nationals registered abroad

17.02.2012 — Press release EDA
703,640 Swiss nationals are now living abroad. This is 10% of the total population. The vast majority of these Swiss abroad (61.85%) are living in Europe. These facts emerge from the 2011 statistics for the Swiss abroad. Of the 435,203 Swiss nationals living in Europe, 96.67% – 420,653 persons – are living in member states of the European Union. Three out of four Swiss nationals also possess dual nationality.


Message on Switzerland’s International Cooperation in 2013 – 2016

15.02.2012 — Press release EDA
On 15 February 2012, the Federal Council transmitted to Parliament the Message on Switzerland’s International Cooperation in the period 2013 – 16. For the first time, the Message describes in one document the tasks of humanitarian aid, development cooperation, economic and trade policy measures within the framework of development cooperation, and cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe. While the principal objective of development cooperation remains poverty reduction, in the future, Switzerland plans to work more closely in fragile contexts and to contribute to overcoming global challenges which seriously worsen the prospects of poor countries.


Visit by Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer to Bern

13.02.2012 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), has today received the Bavarian Minister-President and President of the German Bundesrat, Horst Seehofer in Bern for a courtesy visit. Other meetings took place with Federal Councillors Didier Burkhalter and Johann Schneider-Ammann as well as with the President of the Council of States, Hans Altherr. In addition to discussions on Swiss European policy, the agenda of the talks focused on bilateral relations with Germany and in particular relations between Switzerland and Bavaria, covering economic and fiscal issues as well as questions concerning transport and energy.


Switzerland to be chairman-in-office of the OSCE in 2014

10.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be chairman-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. The choice of Switzerland was confirmed today by the OSCE. Switzerland stood for this office together with Serbia, which will chair the organisation in 2015. The two countries have agreed to cooperate closely.


Swiss Cooperation with Mali: Definition of the common perspectives for 2012-2015

09.02.2012 — Article DEZA

On 2 and 3 February 2012 in Bamako, Switzerland and its cooperation partner Mali met to take stock of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and to launch their new strategy for the years 2012 to 2015. This new strategy formulates Swiss cooperation’s major points of thrust in this west African country over the next four years. The Memorandum of Understanding signed on this occasion paves the way to a new period of cooperation between Mali and Switzerland and defines their common perspectives for the coming years.


ADEA’s 2012 Triennale: Stepping up education and training for Africa’s sustainable development

08.02.2012 — Article DEZA

The ADEA Triennale on education and training in Africa brings together a range of people working for education on the continent: government ministers, representatives of bilateral and multilateral agencies, members of research networks, NGOs, the private sector and socio-professional organisations. Adapting education systems to the challenges of sustainable development is the focus of the broad dialogue. The event takes place from 12-17 February 2012 in Ouagadougou and is organised by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), a longstanding partner of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


«A Future Worth Choosing» – Final report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

06.02.2012 — Article DEZA

After a year and a half of intensive work, the United Nations High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability has published its final report entitled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”. It contains 56 specific recommendations for achieving the goal of development that is truly sustainable. The recommendations focus on a growing economy which reduces poverty and social disparities and respects the natural limits of our planet.


The new Foreign Policy Report is now available

02.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Following approval by the Federal Council, the Foreign Policy Report 2011 has now been published. It provides an overview of Swiss foreign policy and gives an account of the main foreign policy activities of Switzerland in 2011. The report also deals with a priority subject - the upheavals in the Arab world and what they mean for Switzerland.


Switzerland to remain in the US Visa Waiver Programme: FDJP to formulate mandate

01.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Bern - On Wednesday the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would remain in the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). However, the USA has attached conditions to participation in the VWP. It requires that two agreements in the security area should be finalised. The Federal Council has instructed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to formulate a negotiation mandate in this area. Parliament and the Cantons will be consulted before the final granting of the mandate. Data protection aspects will be duly taken into account in the negotiation of the agreements.


The Federal Council defines the next steps for the continuation of bilateral negotiations with the EU

01.02.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council wishes to move forward rapidly in negotiations with the EU on the electricity/energy dossier. In the framework of these discussions, the aim is also to seek solutions for institutional questions. In this way the electricity/energy dossier is being given priority treatment in the framework of the implementation of a holistic and coordinated approach. The Federal Council today outlined the next steps in the form of a roadmap. The Federal Council has also invited the cantons to take part in a regular dialogue with central government about European issues.

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