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Swiss international cooperation in 2007: Working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

25.01.2012 — Press release EDA
Switzerland contributed some CHF 2.02 billion in ODA funding in support of the Millennium Development Goals in 2007. Swiss ODA was partly used to increase the number of people with access to safe drinking water, a factor that helps to reduce poverty. These figures come from the 2007 Annual Report on Switzerland’s international cooperation and a Report on aid effectiveness in the water sector. These reports were jointly published by the SDC and SECO today.


Switzerland committed to the protection of national minorities

25.01.2012 — Press release EDA
Bern – On 25 January 2012, the Federal Council approved Switzerland’s third report on the implementation of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities. Major progress has been achieved in the last few years, however there is scope for further improvement with regard to the situation of the Traveller communities.


The Horn of Africa: The delegate for Humanitarian Aid on a fact-finding mission about the current crisis

24.01.2012 — Article DEZA

Thousands of people are still living in appalling conditions in the Horn of Africa – in squalid accommodation, without clean drinking water and without access to schooling. Manuel Bessler, the delegate of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, visited Somalia and Kenya in January 2012 to see the situation for himself. What he saw there confirmed him in his conviction that the Horn of Africa must remain a focus of Switzerland’s humanitarian aid.





Swiss international law expert, Walter Kälin, elected to the UN Human Rights Committee

18.01.2012 — Press release EDA
On 17 January 2012, the States Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights elected Walter Kälin, Professor of Constitutional and International Law at the University of Bern, as member of the UN Human Rights Committee. The Committee monitors the States Parties’ compliance with the Covenant. Walter Kälin replaces the Swiss international law professor, Helen Keller, who resigned after being appointed judge at the European Court for Human Rights in 2011.



Appointment of the State Secretary and of the General Secretary in the FDFA

11.01.2012 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council today appointed Yves Rossier, who is currently Director of the Federal Office of Social Security in the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), as the new State Secretary in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). He will succeed State Secretary Peter Maurer, who is to become President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. The Federal Council also announced that Benno Bättig, currently General Secretary in the FDHA, will be the new General Secretary in the FDFA. He will succeed Roberto Balzaretti, whom the Federal Council has appointed ambassador and head of the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels.


Swiss experts improve the water supply in the Philippines

06.01.2012 — Press release EDA
Six experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit who flew to the disaster area in the Philippines just before Christmas returned to Switzerland yesterday. Their task was to support local authorities in re-establishing water supplies in the South Philippine town of Cagayan de Oro and in several evacuation centres in the region.


The President of the Confederation to travel to Turkey

23.12.2011 — Press release EDA
The President of the Swiss Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will travel to Turkey from 26 to 27 December at the invitation of the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ahmed Davutoglu.


Transfer of dossiers within the FDFA

23.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter assumes office as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on 1 January 2012. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, handed the FDFA dossiers to her successor today.

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