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Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies meets in Bern

19.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Delegate for Humanitarian Aid, Ambassador Toni Frisch, chairs the 18-19 May sessions of the 9th Meeting of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), which is being held in Bern. The AGEE seeks to improve efforts made to prevent, prepare for and overcome environmental emergencies.

State Visit of the King and Queen of Spain to Switzerland

12.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council received King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain on a state visit to Switzerland. After their arrival in Switzerland in the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, a special train took the royal couple to Bern for military honours, official speeches in the Parliament and bilateral talks between the Swiss and Spanish delegations. Friday, the second day of the state visit, will be marked by a meeting with members of the Swiss business community in Bern and a cultural programme in the Canton of Vaud.

Swiss delegation of experts in Cairo

11.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has announced that it has frozen CHF 410 million in assets held by Egyptian individuals belonging to the former Mubarak regime. If evidence shows that these frozen assets stem from illegal sources, the Swiss government hopes to quickly return them to Egypt within an international mutual legal assistance framework. A team of Swiss experts travelled to Cairo on 10 and 11 May 2011 to assist the Egyptian judicial authorities in establishing mutual legal assistance procedures.

Switzerland will attend the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries

06.05.2011 — Press release EDA
A delegation of representatives from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, headed by the Director-General of the SDC, Martin Dahinden, will represent Switzerland at the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, due to take place in Istanbul from 9-13 May 2011. By attending, Switzerland is confirming its commitment to the world’s poorest countries. The goal of the conference is to approve a new action plan for these countries.

The President of the Confederation to attend the Council of Europe conference in Istanbul

06.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will attend the annual meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Istanbul next Tuesday, 10 May 2011. The main items on the agenda will be challenges in dealing with cultural diversity, integrating foreigners and minorities, and the European neighbourhood policy. In the margin of the meeting, the Swiss President will have talks with the Turkish President, Abdullah Gül.

Switzerland hosts the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be represented by a top-level delegation at the United Nations Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place from 8 to 13 May 2011 in Geneva. This will be the third time that Switzerland hosts the Platform, which will bring together more than 2,000 representatives of governments, parliaments, international organisations, the scientific community, civil society and the private sector from around the world to discuss the subject of protection against natural disasters. Disaster risk reduction has traditionally been a priority of Swiss humanitarian action.

Official visit of Mr YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey received YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister, at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz for an official working visit. The two Ministers reviewed various bilateral and international issues. The meeting was followed by an excursion to Spiez and Lake Thun.

The Federal Council condemns the use of force against the Libyan people and has blocked any assets held by Moammar Gaddafi in Switzerland

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council strongly condemns the use of force by the Libyan ruler against the people. It would like to express its condolences to the victims’ families. In view of the developments, the Federal Council has decided with immediate effect to block any assets in Switzerland of Moammar Gaddafi and those who are closely associated to him. In this way, the Federal Council wishes to avoid any risk of embezzlement of any assets belonging to the Libyan state still held in Switzerland.

Unrest in Libya: Switzerland dispatches humanitarian teams

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
In agreement with the Egyptian and with the Tunisian authorities, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has dispatched one humanitarian aid team to the Egyptian border with Libya and another to the Tunisian border with Libya. Their primary tasks are to clarify needs on the ground and to initiate emergency relief measures.

Sanctions against Libya

03.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has discussed today the implementation of the sanctions against Libya adopted by the UN Security Council. In this context, the Federal Council has amended its Ordinance Against Certain Individuals from Libya of 21 February 2011.

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