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Strengthening of Switzerland’s Human Rights Policy

23.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA is expanding the scope of its current policy on Human Rights. In the future, Human Rights issues are no longer to be the object of isolated discussions conducted according to strict guidelines with selected partners, but are rather to become an inherent part of all the political consultations Switzerland engages in, whether they be on bilateral or multilateral level.

The SDC celebrates its first 50 years on the Bundesplatz

20.05.2011 — Press release EDA
On 25 May 2011, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, joined by the Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on the Bundesplatz in Bern to inaugurate a number of public open-air events illustrating Switzerland’s work in the area of cooperation and humanitarian assistance. In celebration of its Jubilee (1961-2011), the SDC has decided to present its many activities to the public in several Swiss cities. After Geneva in April, the SDC’s street actions moves on to Bern, 25-27 May 2011.

Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies meets in Bern

19.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Delegate for Humanitarian Aid, Ambassador Toni Frisch, chairs the 18-19 May sessions of the 9th Meeting of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), which is being held in Bern. The AGEE seeks to improve efforts made to prevent, prepare for and overcome environmental emergencies.

State Visit of the King and Queen of Spain to Switzerland

12.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council received King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain on a state visit to Switzerland. After their arrival in Switzerland in the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, a special train took the royal couple to Bern for military honours, official speeches in the Parliament and bilateral talks between the Swiss and Spanish delegations. Friday, the second day of the state visit, will be marked by a meeting with members of the Swiss business community in Bern and a cultural programme in the Canton of Vaud.

Swiss delegation of experts in Cairo

11.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has announced that it has frozen CHF 410 million in assets held by Egyptian individuals belonging to the former Mubarak regime. If evidence shows that these frozen assets stem from illegal sources, the Swiss government hopes to quickly return them to Egypt within an international mutual legal assistance framework. A team of Swiss experts travelled to Cairo on 10 and 11 May 2011 to assist the Egyptian judicial authorities in establishing mutual legal assistance procedures.

Switzerland will attend the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries

06.05.2011 — Press release EDA
A delegation of representatives from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, headed by the Director-General of the SDC, Martin Dahinden, will represent Switzerland at the fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, due to take place in Istanbul from 9-13 May 2011. By attending, Switzerland is confirming its commitment to the world’s poorest countries. The goal of the conference is to approve a new action plan for these countries.

The President of the Confederation to attend the Council of Europe conference in Istanbul

06.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will attend the annual meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Istanbul next Tuesday, 10 May 2011. The main items on the agenda will be challenges in dealing with cultural diversity, integrating foreigners and minorities, and the European neighbourhood policy. In the margin of the meeting, the Swiss President will have talks with the Turkish President, Abdullah Gül.

Switzerland hosts the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will be represented by a top-level delegation at the United Nations Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place from 8 to 13 May 2011 in Geneva. This will be the third time that Switzerland hosts the Platform, which will bring together more than 2,000 representatives of governments, parliaments, international organisations, the scientific community, civil society and the private sector from around the world to discuss the subject of protection against natural disasters. Disaster risk reduction has traditionally been a priority of Swiss humanitarian action.

Official visit of Mr YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister

05.05.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey received YANG Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister, at the Lohn Country Residence in Kehrsatz for an official working visit. The two Ministers reviewed various bilateral and international issues. The meeting was followed by an excursion to Spiez and Lake Thun.

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