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Principles against Impunity: the Human Rights Council adopts a Resolution presented by Switzerland instituting a Special Rapporteur (last modification, the 19.09.2012)

29.09.2011 — Press release EDA
The UN Human Rights Council has adopted by consensus a resolution presented by Switzerland, Argentina, and Morocco instituting a Special Rapporteur for the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-reccurence. The resolution, presented on 29 September 2011, was sponsored by nearly 80 States representing all regional groups.

New Swiss Ambassador to Libya

29.09.2011 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has appointed Michel Gottret, currently Ambassador to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Libya. Ambassador Gottret will take up his new post in Tripoli as soon as possible.

SimEX 2011: Deployment of international Search and Rescue teams in response to a simulated disaster

27.09.2011 — Press release EDA
From 3 - 10 October 2011, Switzerland will be conducting a simulated search and rescue exercise (SimEX) in Kriens, canton Lucerne. This is in conformity with the guidelines of the UN INSARAG (United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group), which require that international rescue teams receive regular training to ensure they are equipped and trained to meet the exceptional demands that arise during deployment to deal with earthquakes and other major disasters.

Federal President Calmy-Rey at EU-Tunisia Task Force meeting in Tunis

27.09.2011 — Press release EDA
To reinforce and better coordinate international support for the political and economic transformation of Tunisia following the fall of the Ben Ali regime, an EU-Tunisia Task Force was set up. On Wednesday, 28 September 2011, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey will represent Switzerland at the first meeting of this Task Force. At this meeting, she will underscore Switzerland's willingness to ensure that frozen illicit funds of persons associated with the Ben Ali-Regime are swiftly returned to the Tunisian people.

Federal President Calmy-Rey meets the heads of state from Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein in Vaduz

26.09.2011 — Press release EDA
On 26 September 2011, the heads of state of the four German-speaking countries met in Vaduz for their annual exchange of views and opinions. Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey represented Switzerland at the meeting. The focus of the discussion was on the political and economic situation in Europe, the upheaval in the Arab world and the fundamental theme of education in each of the German-speaking countries.

State visit of the President of the Republic of India

23.09.2011 — Press release EDA
At the invitation of the Federal Council, Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of the Republic of India, will carry out a state visit to Switzerland on 3 and 4 October 2011. Today India is one of Switzerland’s most important partners in Asia. Bilateral and political contacts are constantly developing, and trade and scientific cooperation between the two countries are flourishing.

2011 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

22.09.2011 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf as head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and Philipp Hildebrand, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), will take part in the joint Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington from 23 to 24 September 2011. The most important topics of discussion in the International Monetary and Financial Committee will be the state of the global economy and the future role of the IMF in the international financial and monetary system. The focus of the discussions in the Development Committee will be the key significance of the labour market for promoting growth, the 2012 World Development Report on gender equality and the assessment of the effectiveness of the World Bank's commitment.

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.


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.

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