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ATT Secretariat Agreements signed

13.06.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Headquarter and administration agreements, anchoring the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat in Geneva, have been signed by Federal Councillor Burkhalter and head of Secretariat Dladla 


Peace, security and human rights

13.06.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Federal Councillor Burkhalter launches an appeal to enhance collaboration between the UN Human Rights Council and the Security Council during the Human Rights Council’s opening ceremony of the 32nd Session


Switzerland reinforces engagement at the International Labour Organization (ILO)

30.05.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Geneva - 30.05.2016 - Guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the International Labour Conference (ILC), the President of the Swiss Confederation called on the tripartite constituents of the ILO (governments, employers, workers) to endeavour to establish framework conditions which favour the creation of decent employment. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Guy Ryder, the ILO’s Director-General, which seeks a reinforced development cooperation between Switzerland and the ILO.


Alain Berset opened the World Health Asssembly

23.05.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Geneva, 23.05.2016: Federal councillor Alain Berset pronounced the opening speech of the 69th World Health Assembly. WHO reforms and health within the Programme of sustainable development at the heart of debates.



Switzerland launches Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism

08.04.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), unveiled Switzerland’s Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism co-organised by the UN and Switzerland on 7 and 8 April 2016. Switzerland is using this initiative to contribute towards combating terrorism through preventative measures by strengthening the resilience of individuals and communities. The UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism launched in December 2015 was in turn well supported by the high-ranking state representatives attending the conference who also highlighted the UN’s key role in this area.


President of the Swiss Confederation visits CERN and ICRC

24.03.2016 — Local news Mission Geneva

President of the Swiss Confederation Johann N. Schneider-Ammann has met with the new Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Fabiola Gianotti. He then visited the logistics centre of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Satigny. The visit was followed by a meeting with Peter Maurer, President of ICRC.



Sport for peace and development

21.01.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Strengthening synergies between international organizations and international sports federations based in Switzerland

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