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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.


The International Commission against the Death Penalty moves its headquarters to Geneva

10.10.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey today took part in the opening of the fourth meeting of the International Commission against the Death Penalty in Geneva. She welcomed the decision by the Commission to move its headquarters from Madrid to Geneva, where it will be integrated into the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and of Human Rights


OSCE Election Experts in Switzerland

07.10.2011 — Press release EDA
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will be present in Switzerland to observe the preparation and conduct of the Federal elections slated for 23 October 2011. The OSCE experts intend to direct their attention particularly at the electronic voting option and at the financing of the election campaigns.


SDC set to bring its final jubilee street action to Basel

07.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Following on from appearances in Geneva, Bern and Bellinzona, the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) is set to bring its jubilee street action to the Barfüsserplatz in the city of Basel on 14 and 15 October 2011. These open-air events are an opportunity for the public to find out more about the wide-ranging activities of the SDC over its 50-year history (1961-2011). Manuel Bessler, the humanitarian aid delegate of the Swiss Confederation and head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) will attend the opening ceremony.


The President of the Swiss Confederation to travel to Brussels

07.10.2011 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday, 11 October 2011, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will meet representatives of the European Parliament for talks in Brussels. In the evening, she will open the first “Soirée suisse” at the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels.


World Mountain Conference in Lucerne

05.10.2011 — Press release EDA
Around 150 international experts will attend the Lucerne World Mountain Conference on 11 and 12 October 2011. They will discuss the results achieved so far and the opportunities and challenges in the global development of mountain areas. The results of the conference will contribute to international initiatives.


State Visit by the President of the Republic of India

03.10.2011 — Press release EDA
On 3 October 2011, the Federal Council received Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of the Republic of India, and her husband, on the occasion of a State Visit to Switzerland. Following the ceremonial welcome by a guard of honour on the Federal Square and official speeches in Parliament, the Swiss delegation, led by Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey, and the Indian delegation held bilateral talks. The second day of this State Visit will feature a visit to the canton of Vaud.

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