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International Roadmap for a Green Economy

03.11.2011 — Press release EDA
On 1 November 2011 Switzerland submitted its contribution to the paper which will form the basis of negotiations at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The submission includes a proposal for the adoption of an international roadmap towards a green economy. Information about the conference can be found on the website launched today: www.rio20.ch.


Switzerland dispatches Experts to Thailand

01.11.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is supporting Thailand in coping with the consequences of the floods. To this end, four experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) have set out for Bangkok. In addition, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has made CHF 100,000 available for projects in Thailand and Cambodia.


Conference of ministers speaks out against armed violence

31.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Deputy prime ministers, ministers and state secretaries from over 80 countries are meeting today and tomorrow at a conference in Geneva. The goal of the meeting is to support states, international organizations and civil society in their efforts to reduce armed violence worldwide and take stock of the progress that has been achieved in this area. The meeting of ministers was jointly organised by Switzerland and the United Nations Development Programme, the former represented by Martin Dahinden, Director-General of SDC, the latter by Helen Clark.



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.

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