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Ordinance on Private Household Employees working for members of foreign representations

09.06.2011 — Press release EDA
On 6 June 2011 Federal Council adopted the Private Household Employees Ordinance (PHEO). This Ordinance governs the conditions of entry to Switzerland, of stay and work for the private household employees of individual beneficiaries of privileges, immunities and facilities in Switzerland. It enters into force on 1 July 2011.



Swiss delegation at a high-level UN meeting on HIV/AIDS

07.06.2011 — Press release EDA
On 8 to 10 June 2011, Switzerland will send an interdepartmental delegation to take part in a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS in New York. The delegation, which will be headed by the Director-General of the SDC, Martin Dahinden, will present the argument for a greater effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and the marginalisation and stigmatisation of those living with the disease.


The Federal Council decides to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions

06.06.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has decided today to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which imposes a comprehensive ban on cluster munitions. The ratification of the Convention goes hand in hand with a revision of the military material act. Swiss stocks of artillery munitions that are subject to the CCM ban will be destroyed.





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.

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