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Swiss Embassy transferred to Osaka

22.03.2011 — Press release EDA
Due to the uncertain conditions in the greater metropolitan area of Tokyo, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, has decided to temporarily transfer the Swiss Embassy in Japan to Osaka. From there, and to the extent possible, it will continue to help Swiss nationals who are seeking to leave the country. The FDFA is advising all Swiss nationals to leave the greater area of Tokyo and the north east of Japan.


Search and evaluation team back from Japan

22.03.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Humanitarian Aid team of experts sent to Japan on a search and evaluation mission will return home tonight. This does not mean, however, that the Confederation’s present commitments in the archipelago have ended. Swiss Humanitarian Aid experts are still active in Tokyo and Osaka, where they are providing support to the Embassy in assisting the Swiss in Japan.


Convoy of British military vehicles transit Switzerland

21.03.2011 — Press release EDA
Today, a convoy of 20 British military vehicles crossed Switzerland from Basel to Chiasso. The Federal Council approved the transit on the basis of resolution 1973 of the United Nations Security Council on the protection of the Libyan civilian population.


Celebration of French-speaking culture in Switzerland and the world in the year 2011

17.03.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will join in worldwide celebrations of French-speaking culture (Francophonie) focused on the 20th of March 2011. The celebration is in commemoration of the Convention signed in Niamey (Niger) in 1970, which is considered the foundation act of Francophonie. After hosting the 13th Francophonie Summit at Montreux (22-24 October 2010) Switzerland retains the title of Summit President until 2012.



Switzerland ready to send aid to Japan

16.03.2011 — Press release EDA
It is with great consternation that the Federal Council has learned of the natural disaster in the northeast of Japan. Switzerland is ready to send emergency aid to the area, and has already submitted a corresponding offer to the Japanese government.





Switzerland ready to send aid to Japan

11.03.2011 — EDA
It is with great consternation that the Federal Council has learned of the natural disaster in the northeast of Japan. Switzerland is ready to send emergency aid to the area, and has already submitted a corresponding offer to the Japanese government.


Human rights dialogue between Switzerland and China

10.03.2011 — Press release EDA
The eleventh round of the human rights dialogue between Switzerland and the People's Republic of China was held on 9 and 10 March 2011 in Bern in an open and constructive atmosphere. Particular emphasis was given to the status of minorities. The discussions also focused on various cooperation projects, for example in the area of the administration of punishments and on the dimension of human rights in the economy.


More than aid: for fifty years Switzerland has committed itself to fighting poverty

08.03.2011 — Press release EDA
The world is in upheaval. By fighting poverty, committing itself to improved health care, education and an approach to natural resources bases on sustainability, Switzerland's development cooperation promotes positive change – and has done so for fifty years. The Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development is marking the occasion of its 50th birthday by staging a number of events throughout to provide insight into its work and the challenges currently facing Swiss development cooperation. On Wednesday, SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden took stock of the situation before the media and presented the anniversary program.

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