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4th Global Forum on Migration and Development – Switzerland to Chair the Forum in 2011

10.11.2010 — Press release EDA
The 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development is scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 November 2010 in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), where the representatives of some 150 States will hold discussions on how to enhance international cooperation in the domain of migration and development. The Swiss delegation, to be led by Eduard Gnesa, Special Envoy for international cooperation on migration issues, will be preparing Switzerland’s chairmanship of the Forum in 2011.

Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey’s meeting with the Elders

09.11.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey had a meeting with members of the Elders on 9 November 2010 in Mont-Pèlerin. Both former US President Jimmy Carter and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan were among the group of renowned international personalities. The purpose of this meeting was to engage in an in-depth exchange on various themes of international significance.

International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers signed by close to 60 companies

09.11.2010 — Press release EDA
Geneva, 9 November 2010 - Today, close to 60 private security providers signed an international code of conduct and committed to respecting human rights and humanitarian law in their operations. The initiative for this document, which is the first of its kind, was launched jointly by Switzerland and industry associations with the support of main governmental clients, humanitarian organisations and civil society.

Medieneinladung: Der Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte Europäische Union: Eine Zwischenbilanz

09.11.2010 — Press release EDA
Seit Juni 2007 setzt die Schweiz Projekte im Rahmen des Erweiterungsbeitrags zu Gunsten der jüngsten EU-Mitgliedsstaaten um. Nun ziehen das Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft SECO und die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit DEZA eine Zwischenbilanz: Am 19. November 2010 (13:30-17:30 Uhr) in Aarau vermitteln Gäste aus allen Partnerländern und der Schweiz ein aktuelles Bild des Schweizer Erweiterungsbeitrags. Unter anderen referieren Bundesrat Johann Schneider-Ammann, Vorsteher des Eidgenössischen Volkswirtschaftsdepartements (EVD), Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Ministerin für Regionalentwicklung, Polen, sowie DEZA-Direktor Martin Dahinden.

Nigeria and Switzerland concluded Migration Partnership

05.11.2010 — Press release EDA
Switzerland and Nigeria have today successfully concluded negotiations on a migration partnership between the two countries. This was the highlight of a working visit of the Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Martin Uhomoibhi, in Bern, where he met with the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Peter Maurer, and the Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Migration, Alard du Bois-Reymond.

Conclusion of the XIIIth Summit of the Francophonie in Montreux under the theme of

28.10.2010 — Press release EDA
The XIIIth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Francophonie, held in Montreux on 23 and 24 October under the presidency of Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation, culminated in the Montreux Declaration, a substantive text accompanied by several resolutions. Switzerland welcomes the constructive and concrete results achieved by this summit, which also opened its doors to the public with numerous special literary and cultural events. The Secretary General of the Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, was elected for a third four-year term. The next Summit of the Francophonie will be hosted by the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012.

Cholera epidemic in Haiti: SDC sends drinking water experts

26.10.2010 — Press release EDA
The SDC is sending two drinking water experts to Haiti. These will work together with the national authorities and support them in the testing and production of clean drinking water in rural areas. The goal is to ensure there is a secure source of drinking water in every municipality checked. In this way SDC is helping to tackle the causes of the disease in the fight against cholera.

The FDFA thanks all partners involved in the success of the XIIIth Summit of the Francophonie

25.10.2010 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes the excellent organisation and hosting of the XIIIth Summit of the Francophonie, which was held from 22-24 October in Montreux. Some 40 heads of state and government, as well as delegations representing member and observer countries of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) were welcomed to this successful high-level conference. The FDFA would like to emphasise the engagement of all partners involved in this Summit. The department extends its warm thanks to them.

Official visit to Bern by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

22.10.2010 — Press release EDA
President Doris Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA), today received the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper at the Lohn country residence in Kehrsatz for an official visit. The Canadian Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and for La Francophonie, Josée Verner. Federal Councillors Mich-eline Calmy-Rey and Hans-Rudolf Merz were also present. During the visit, a protocol was signed amending the Double Taxation Agreement between Switzerland and Canada. The dele-gations also officially announced an expansion of the bilateral aviation agreement.

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