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President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi

25.10.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey met Mr Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, who is on an official visit, at the Lohn estate at Kehrsatz. Their talks were an opportunity to raise a number of matters of bilateral and multilateral interest, and to discuss Switzerland’s development cooperation and peace policy activities in the Great Lakes region.



Nigeria and Switzerland jointly organize a conference on migration

18.10.2011 — Press release EDA
On 17 and 18 October 2011, the governments of Switzerland and Nigeria jointly organized a conference in Abuja, Nigeria, on the theme of South-South labour migration and its impact on development. Participants included high-ranking representatives of organizations hailing from civil society, labour unions, employers associations, and international organizations. The Swiss delegation was lead by Eduard Gnesa, Special Ambassador for International Cooperation on Migration Issues.


Upheaval in the Arab world – a turning point for Europe and Switzerland

18.10.2011 — Press release EDA
The uprisings in the Arab world harbour opportunities but also risks. Participants in the Annual Conference of the FDFA's Political Affairs Division IV - Human Security, held today in Bern, heard at first hand how those directly concerned in the region are affected by the upheaval, how the European Union and Switzerland are responding, and what repercussions the turmoil is having on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Switzerland welcomes the release of soldier Gilad Shalit

18.10.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA welcomes the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit following an agreement between the Israeli authorities and Hamas. Switzerland was in favour of this agreement and urged both parties repeatedly to comply with their obligations in international humanitarian law.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a working visit in Switzerland

17.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Today, Monday, 17 October 2011, a delegation of the Federal Council headed by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, met the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, for an official working visit. The programme included a number of UN-related topics of mutual interest. Ban Ki-moon also attended the inaugural ceremony of the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU in Bern.


International Law Day: Globalisation and Democracy

14.10.2011 — Press release EDA
On 14 October 2011 the Directorate for International Law of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) held its traditional International Law Day in the Grand Council Chamber of the Canton Bern. The event focused on the effects of globalisation on the Swiss system of direct democracy. The International Law Day thus contributed to the public discussion on the importance of international law and the way in which it interacts with national law.


Switzerland welcomes the release of political prisoners in Myanmar

13.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the release of a large number of political prisoners in Myanmar. At the same time it calls on the Government of Myanmar to release all political prisoners quickly and unconditionally, to take further measures to build a democratic state in which the rule of law is respected, and to strengthen human rights.



The Swiss President met the European Parliament

11.10.2011 — Press release EDA
The visit to Brussels on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 gave Mrs Calmy-Rey an opportunity to explain the Swiss position on bilateral relations to members of the European Parliament and to comment on Swiss foreign policy as well as the relations between Switzerland and the EU. In addition she inaugurates the first Soirée suisse in Brussels.


The President of the Confederation to receive the UN Secretary-General in Bern for a working visit

10.10.2011 — Press release EDA
On 17 October 2011, the President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, together with a delegation of the Federal Council, will receive the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in Bern for an official working visit. The programme will cover a number of UN-related themes of mutual interest. Prior to this, on 16 October, Ban Ki-moon will attend the inaugural ceremony of the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU.


Combating desertification: Switzerland taking part in a UN conference in South Korea

10.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Active since 1996 as a member state of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Switzerland is represented at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD, scheduled to run from 10 to 21 October 2011 in South Korea. To combat the ever more alarming problems arising from climate change and food insecurity around the world, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) recently decided to intensify its efforts to give the theme of combating desertification a more prominent place on the political agenda.

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