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Egyptian-Swiss expert meeting on frozen assets restitution

02.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Delegations from Egypt and Switzerland convened on 2 December 2011 in Berne to hold a legal expert meeting on frozen assets restitution. The aim of the talks was to take stock of progress made so far and to strengthen bilateral cooperation with a view to reaching the common goal: an efficient restitution of any assets of illicit origin from the entourage of the former Mubarak regime.


UN Climate Conference: very little Progress Achieved by First Week of Negotiations

02.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Little progress has been achieved by the delegates from over 190 countries during the first week of negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The Kyoto states, the USA, the newly industrialised countries and the developing countries have become entrenched in their positions.



Migration as an opportunity for development

01.12.2011 — Press release EDA
High-ranking figures and representatives from some 160 countries are meeting today and tomorrow in a conference in Geneva to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by migration. The event was opened by Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) Simonetta Sommaruga. The meeting marks the end of Switzerland's presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).


31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

29.11.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the ICRC Jakob Kellenberger and President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tadateru Konoé opened the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva on 28 November. The aim of the conference is to strengthen international humanitarian law and humanitarian action. The conference will last until 1 December.


A Global Partnership to enhance effectiveness in development cooperation

29.11.2011 — Press release EDA
Increasing the effectiveness of development cooperation is the theme of an international conference that convened today in the South Korean city of Busan. A delegation from Switzerland, led by SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden, is among the participants. Representatives from government, civil society, and private industry hailing from both donor and recipient countries will seek to form a new, stronger partnership to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of development cooperation.


Negotiations on a UN convention on cluster munitions terminated

25.11.2011 — Press release EDA
The negotiations taking place in Geneva on a UN convention on cluster munitions concluded today without success. Switzerland regrets the failure of the negotiations but is pleased that the process did not result in an agreement that could have been problematical for humanitarian reasons or from the perspective of international law.


Clean Water in South-Eastern Europe thanks to Swiss Know-how and Assistance

25.11.2011 — Press release EDA
For over 20 years Switzerland has been supporting the countries of South-Eastern Europe in building reliable water supply systems and developing an effective public service. At the Annual Conference on Cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS jointly held by the SDC and SECO, experts and officials discussed achievements and future challenges by looking at examples from Moldova and Albania. The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey stressed that Switzerland would continue to work for a sustainable development which not only combats poverty but also protects natural resources.



Gender Equality: an objective for development and a trump card for economic growth

22.11.2011 — Press release EDA
If the obstacles hindering women from working in all of the economic sectors and being active in all of the professions did not exist, work productivity could be boosted by about 25% in certain countries. This is but one example among many others that showcases how fundamental gender equality is for development. The World Development Report 2012 published by the World Bank is focused directly on this theme. Launched last September in Washington, the Report was presented on Monday in Geneva and on Tuesday in Bern in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).



Geneva Initiative 2.0

17.11.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Micheline Calmy-Rey will launch the Geneva Initiative 2.0 with a keynote speech at the University of Geneva on 22 November 2011. The conference, which is organised by the FDFA, will review the achievements of the Geneva Initiative launched in 2003 and will analyse its potential in the light of current developments in the Near and Middle East. Numerous representatives of civil society in Israel and Palestine will be taking part in the conference, where the speakers include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Hossam Zaki, an adviser to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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