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Swiss Rescue practised emergency preparedness

15.03.2012 — Press release EDA
The exercise village of Epeisses near Geneva is one of two Swiss Army military training grounds that have been completely reduced to rubble, which makes it an ideal site for Swiss Rescue to conduct a large-scale training exercise. In a realistically simulated deployment, from 13 to 15 March, some 100 specialists and 12 dogs have been conducting training exercises on the search and rescue of people trapped under collapsed buildings. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visited the participants during the second day of the training exercise and praised Swiss Rescue as a widely recognised organisation that unites the Swiss people and enjoys their support.

Pakistan: The two Swiss hostages are free

15.03.2012 — Press release EDA
The Swiss man and woman who were kidnapped in early July 2011 in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan are free. The Swiss Ambassador in Islamabad is in direct contact with them and has ascertained that they are uninjured and that, given the circumstances, they are doing well. They are currently in a safe place in Pakistan. They will return to Switzerland as soon as possible.

Official working visit to Bern by the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian

14.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) met his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in the framework of an official working visit at the maison de Watteville in Bern. They discussed several bilateral issues, including technical and humanitarian cooperation as well as regional questions.

Switzerland’s water footprint is measured for the first time

12.03.2012 — Article DEZA

The SDC, WWF together with the interdepartemental goup IDANE Wasser, have published the first ever report on Switzerland’s water footprint. Finding: 82% of the water required to produce all the goods and services consumed in our country comes from abroad. The report emphasises that Switzerland has a shared responsibility in respect of sustainable water management on a planetary level, and proposes a set of recommendations.

Switzerland at the World Water Forum in Marseille

12.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Time for Solutions is the motto of the sixth World Water Forum which will be held in Marseille (France) from 12 to 17 March. A delegation headed by Martin Dahinden, director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will attend this event, the largest of its kind for water. The Swiss contribution to this forum will focus on the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation.

Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

09.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Swiss candidacy to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was accepted at the ASEM Senior Officials Meeting on 1 March. The Swiss government (Federal Council) is pleased to have the opportunity to work with ASEM and sees it as a useful new foreign policy instrument. ASEM is the main forum for dialogue between Asia and Europe, representing today 60% of the world’s population, and 60% of world trade.


09.03.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council today approved Switzerland's new health foreign policy, which will enter into force on 15 March 2012. This policy establishes priorities and defines cooperation between all administrative units in matters of global health policy.

Federal Council issues negotiating mandate for UN «Rio+20» sustainability summit

09.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainability, will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 20 to 22 June 2012. One of the aims of the conference is to define the contribution of a green economy to sustainable development and poverty eradication. The negotiations on the Rio+20 resolution will commence on 19 March 2012 in New York. The Swiss Federal Council issued its mandate to Switzerland’s negotiating delegation on 9 March 2012.

Swiss commitment to North Africa, one year later

07.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Early last year, Switzerland responded quickly to political upheavals in Northern Africa. Realizing that major security, migration and economic interests depend on stable democratic conditions, Switzerland felt the need to actively support the democratic transition process in this region. On 11 March 2011, the Federal Council issued mandates to three Federal Departments to intensify their activities and quickly develop new and tangible support measures. The three Federal Departments were also instructed to act in a coordinated, coherent and complementary fashion. How does the support programme in Northern Africa look one year later and what has Switzerland achieved?

Swiss Rescue hones its skills in disaster relief exercise in

05.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Swiss Rescue is one of the world's most professional rescue teams. To ensure it meets the highest standards, exercises must be held at regular intervals to practice for the real thing. From 13 to 15 March the unit - around 100 personnel and 12 dogs - will be put through its paces in the presence of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and the Federal Council's Delegate for Humanitarian Aid, Manuel Bessler. The exercise will be conducted in the greater Geneva area.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter to travel to Berlin

05.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will travel to Berlin for a working visit on Wednesday 7 March 2012 where he will meet the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle. It will be Mr Burkhalter’s first trip to Germany as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The talks will focus on Switzerland’s relations with the European Union, the Swiss chairmanship-in-office of the OSCE in 2014, as well as a number of Swiss-German bilateral issues.

Swiss Foreign-Policy Strategy

02.03.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has approved the Report on the strategic axes of Swiss Foreign Policy 2012-2015. It will now be transmitted to the Foreign Affairs Committees of Parliament. Four strategic axes have been defined for the next legislative period. In particular, the focus will be on developing Switzerland’s relations with neighbouring States and with the European Union (EU), on working to enhance stability in Europe and in the world, and on consolidating as well as diversifying Switzerland’s strategic partnerships and multilateral commitment. The Report also deals with supporting Swiss citizens living or travelling abroad.

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