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Switzerland approves additional aid for hunger victims in the Horn of Africa

17.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is increasing its humanitarian aid for those affected by the current hunger crisis afflicting the Horn of Africa. The Federal Council today approved additional aid of CHF 20 million. This will be used above all for the benefit of the population in southern Somalia, malnourished children in the Dadaab refugee camp, and the host communities in northern Kenya.

The FDFA is concerned about the Security Situation in Geneva

15.08.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has expressed its concern about the deterioration of the security situation in Geneva over recent months. To this effect, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the FDFA, addressed a letter last week to Geneva State Councillor Ms. Isabel Rochat, Head of the Department of Security, Police, and Protection of the Environment (DSPE).

Violence against women, an obstacle to development

11.08.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and Mrs Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, were present at a public encounter with a number of well-know individuals actively involved in the struggle against violence against women in Switzerland, at the international level and in the African Great Lakes region.

Swiss Climate Policy under close Examination by China

09.08.2011 — Press release EDA
From 14 to 21 August 2011, Switzerland will welcome a delegation of high representatives from China who are interested in Switzerland’s experiences in the domain of the climate. China is currently engaged in the formulation of a draft law on the climate, and has invited Switzerland, via the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), to participate in the process. During the one-week visit, representatives of parliament, the academia, along with those of both the private and public sectors, will present Switzerland’s experiences in the climate domain to their Chinese counterparts.

Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey meets German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Ascona

06.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal President and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle for talks on Saturday 6 August 2011 on the sidelines of the Locarno Film Festival. They both praised the progress that has been achieved in the area of taxation, as well as the generally intensive relations between Switzerland and Germany.

President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey in the Horn of Africa

29.07.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will visit Kenya from 2 to 4 August 2011. There she will visit the refugee camp in Dadaab. The countries in the Horn of Africa are suffering from a very severe food crisis, and there is widespread starvation in South Somalia.

Switzerland to strengthen its presence in Benghazi

28.07.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland strengthens its presence in Benghazi, and sends a diplomat to the East Libyan city for the purpose of opening a liaison office. This will be in addition to the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit programme office which has already been up and running for the last four months.

Switzerland increases its aid to the Horn of Africa

18.07.2011 — Press release EDA
The Humanitarian Aid of the Confederation unlocks an additional credit of CHF 4.5 million to support the populations affected by the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. This amount will be used to help refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya and to assist the most vulnerable populations in Somalia.

Federal President Calmy-Rey has met Russian President Medvedev

13.07.2011 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA met the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev, in the Russian city of Kolomna for talks. She was accompanied by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. The two presidents also used the occasion to jointly inaugurate the cement works of the Swiss company Holcim located in Kolomna.

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