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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.

Switzerland closes its Embassy in Damascus

01.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Position - For reasons of security, Switzerland temporarily closed its Embassy in Damascus as of 29 February 2012. Last August, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA had already called the Swiss Ambassador back to Bern for consultations. Furthermore, since November 2011, the FDFA has been calling upon Swiss citizens in Syria to leave the country immediately.

Official visit to Bern by the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vuk Jeremic

01.03.2012 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), received his Serbian counterpart, Vuk Jeremic, on 1 March 2012 in Bern on the occasion of an official working visit. The successive OSCE presidencies of Switzerland (2014) and Serbia (2015) were on the agenda for discussion. Various bilateral questions and issues related to the current international situation were also raised during the meeting.

Projet de rapport sur la diversité culturelle en Suisse

29.02.2012 — Article DEZA

En ratifiant la Convention de l'UNESCO sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles, la Suisse acceptait d'établir tous les quatre ans un rapport sur la situation nationale en matière de diversité culturelle. Le premier d'entre eux sera livré en avril 2012.

Swiss Water Partnership launched

27.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Earlier today, representatives of 45 organisations from the Swiss Confederation, the scientific and research communities, the private sector and aid agencies launched the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) in the presence of SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden. The SWP aims to strengthen the international profile of the Swiss water sector and to create synergies between its members' activities.

Didier Burkhalter opens the session of the Human Rights Council

27.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), opened on Monday the 19th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva. In his first speech to the Council, he appealed to the Syrian authorities to end immediately the use of force and other repressive measures against civilians. The situation in Syria is the main item on the agenda of this session of the Human Rights Council. On this occasion, Mr Burkhalter met several of his counterparts currently in Geneva, including the foreign ministers of France, Alain Juppé, and of Iran, Mr Ali Akbar Salehi.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter meets with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr Dipu Moni

24.02.2012 — Press release EDA
Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, welcomed his counterpart from Bangladesh Dr Dipu Moni on an official working visit. The two ministers reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed various international issues, including the political and economic situation in Asia and climate change.

Switzerland hosts a conference on international coordination in the fight against terrorism

24.02.2012 — Press release EDA
To optimise counter-terrorism coordination between the recently established Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the UN, and other international and regional organisations, Switzerland hosted an international conference in Interlaken on 23 and 24 February 2012. The conference was organised by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and opened by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga. The conference helped coordinate the activities of the various actors in the fight against terrorism and underscored the key role played by the UN.

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