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Four-country Meeting in Vaduz

21.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On 26 September 2011, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey will travel to Vaduz for the traditional four-country meeting of the Heads of State of Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Austria. The discussions will focus on the domestic political situation in each of the countries, on European issues, and on the challenges facing the educational systems in the four countries.


The FDFA welcomes the Release of the two American Citizens

21.09.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes the release of the two American citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal from Iranian imprisonment. They were able to leave Iran on September 21st 2011. Within the scope of its mandate as protecting power for the USA in Iran, the FDFA has been engaged over the past two years in seeking a solution to the case of the imprisoned US citizens. A third American citizen, Sarah Shourd, was released from prison on September 14 2010, after bail had been posted.


Francophonie ministerial meeting at the UN on the countries in transition

20.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On the initiative of Switzerland, which is currently chairing the Summit of La Francophonie, an informal meeting of foreign ministers and representatives of the members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) was held on 20 September 2011 at the UN headquarters in New York.


Collegamento dei sistemi di scambio di quote di emissioni: 2° turno di negoziati

20.09.2011 — Press release EDA
A Zurigo ha avuto luogo il 20 settembre 2011 il secondo turno di negoziati tra la Svizzera e l’Unione Europea sul collegamento dei sistemi di scambio di quote di emissioni di CO2. Un accordo in tale ambito consentirebbe il riconoscimento reciproco delle quote di emissioni e favorirebbe l’accesso delle imprese svizzere al mercato delle quote di emissioni europeo, di gran lunga più grande di quello svizzero e dotato di maggiore liquidità.


Kuwait

14.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On 14 September 2011, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey received the Kuwaiti Prime Minister in Bern for talks. Discussions focused on bilateral relations between Kuwait and Switzerland, and developments in the Arab world.


President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey at the 66th UN General Assembly in New York

14.09.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be represented by President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey at the High Level Meeting of the 66th UN General Assembly during the third week of September. The President will take part in the ministerial meeting on non-communicable diseases and in a symposium on international cooperation in combating terrorism. On 21 September, she will speak in the General Debate. Micheline Calmy-Rey will chair a ministerial meeting of the Organisation of the Francophonie, participate in the fourth session of the Panel on Global Sustainability and hold a series of bilateral talks.


Ministerial meeting chaired by Switzerland at the UN on major political transitions in the francophone area

13.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On the initiative of Switzerland, which is chairing the Summit of La Francophonie, an informal meeting for the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the 75 States and governments belonging to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) will be held on 20 September 2011 at UN headquarters in New York. This meeting will take place alongside the High-Level Segment of the UN General Assembly.


The President of the Confederation meets the cantonal government of Ticino

13.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday evening, the President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, received the cantonal government of Ticino in Bern for talks on relations with Italy. Mrs Calmy-Rey made a point of saying that the Federal Council had been actively working on ways to overcome difficulties with Rome on a number of tax issues for some time already. Talks have been taking place with Italy since Mrs Calmy-Rey met the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the beginning of June this year.


Meeting of the “Confederation-Canton Geneva Permanent Joint Group on the Priorities of International Geneva” on security issues

12.09.2011 — Press release EDA
The Confederation-Canton Geneva Permanent Joint Group on the Priorities of International Geneva (GPC) met today under the aegis of President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and of Mrs Isabel Rochat, head of the Department of Security, Police and Environment of Geneva (DSPE), who was accompanied by Mark Muller, President of the Council of the State of Geneva and David Hiler, head of the Finance Department.


SDC to hold international conference on environmental disasters

12.09.2011 — Press release EDA
Coordinated responses to large-scale disasters and their impact on the environment is the subject of the Wilton Park conference from 12 to 15 September in Glion near Montreux. The conference initiated by Switzerland will prepare the United Nations conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) next year. In the margins of the Wilton Park conference President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey met UN Under Secretary General Sha Zukang in Geneva.


President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets Iurie Leanca, Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs

05.09.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met Mr Iurie Leanca, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and European integration of the Republic of Moldova, in the framework of an official visit to the Watteville House in Bern. These talks provided an opportunity to discuss numerous bilateral and regional issues.


Switzerland to participate at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases

31.08.2011 — Press release EDA
A Swiss delegation headed by the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey will attend the UN General Assembly's High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases on 19 and 20 September 2011 in New York. Given the growing prominence of non-communicable diseases, Switzerland will highlight the importance of prevention and the need to involve all sectors of government and civil society in formulating and implementing solutions to confront this scourge.

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