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Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2022

20.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Following the cancellation of last year’s gathering and a postponement owing to the pandemic, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is being held in spring for the first time. President Ignazio Cassis will open the Annual Meeting together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Monday, 23 May.


Council of Europe: 132nd ministerial session marked by Ukraine war

20.05.2022 — Press release EDA
On 19 and 20 May, State Secretary Livia Leu took part in the 132nd Council of Europe ministerial session in Turin, organised by the Italian chair of the Committee of Ministers. This year's session, which was marked by Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and its consequent exclusion from the Council, provided the high representatives of the other 46 member states with the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to common values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In her speech, Ms Leu underscored the long-standing partnership between Switzerland and the Council of Europe in Ukraine, and referred to the upcoming Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) in Lugano.


President Cassis receives Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

20.05.2022 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Bern on Friday, 20 May 2022. Their talks focused on enhancing bilateral relations, the upcoming elections in Kenya, and matters related to the UN Security Council.


Women, Peace and Security agenda: Switzerland committed to bolstered implementation

19.05.2022 — Press release EDA
FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu has opened yesterday, Wednesday 18 May 2022, in Geneva the fourth capital-level meeting within the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network. About 200 participants – representing governments and international and regional organisations, and members of civil society – are coming together with a common goal at the two-day event: furthering the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The aim is to develop innovative strategies to better include women in peace processes and to protect their rights. The event was organised by the FDFA, as part of Switzerland's co-chairing of the network, together with South Africa.


Switzerland reopens its embassy in Kyiv

19.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Two and a half months after the temporary closure, Switzerland is reopening its embassy in Ukraine: five FDFA staff will return to Kyiv over the next few days. This decision is based on an in-depth analysis of the security situation in the Ukrainian capital.


Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová on a State Visit to Switzerland

19.05.2022 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 19 May, President Zuzana Čaputová became the first head of state of the Slovak Republic to pay a State Visit to Switzerland. The Swiss government, headed by President Ignazio Cassis, welcomed the Slovak president at the start of the visit on Bundesplatz in Bern. Besides bilateral relations, official talks focused in particular on the war in Ukraine. Other topics on the agenda included European policy and climate and environmental issues.


Switzerland supports the World Bank in poverty reduction and sustainable reconstruction after the COVID-19 crisis

18.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will contribute USD 725 million to the 20th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA). The funds will be used in the 74 poorest countries in the world to fight poverty. They are also intended to promote reconstruction after the COVID-19 crisis and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, Switzerland will contribute USD 56.87 million to the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). This was decided by the Federal Council on 18 May 2022.


Trust in AI

16.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us and is rapidly transforming our livelihoods and the environment in fundamental ways. Building trust in AI has therefore become a key concern for policymakers, industry and science. The international conference AI with Trust will take place in Geneva on 16–17 May to explore the interplay between legislation, standardisation and conformity assessment.


Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová to pay state visit to Switzerland

13.05.2022 — Press release EDA
President Zuzana Čaputová of Slovakia will pay a state visit to Switzerland next week. Switzerland and the Slovak Republic share many similarities and enjoy a close relationship. President Čaputová is the first Slovak head of state to visit Switzerland and will be received with full military honours. The Federal Council hopes that the visit will further strengthen ties between the two countries.


2022 Joint Statement by Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission Member States

12.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Representatives of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in Stockholm on 12-13, 2022 for their annual consultations. Discussions focused on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the activities of the NNSC. The representatives also evaluated the operational tasks of the NNSC and reaffirmed their long-term commitment to contribute to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the NNSC Member States exchanged views with representatives of several Stockholm-based institutions over the situation on the Korean Peninsula and on the work of NNSC.


Switzerland renews support for Syria, pledging CHF 60 million for 2022

10.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has pledged to contribute CHF 60 million in 2022 to support the people of Syria and the surrounding region, whose humanitarian needs are greater than ever 11 years after the start of the conflict. Switzerland announced this amount on 10 May 2022 at the 6th Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.


Swiss president meets with Pope and Swiss Guard and presents site of new Swiss embassy

06.05.2022 — Press release EDA
In Rome for the swearing-in of the new Swiss Guard, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis met today with Pope Francis and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican's secretary for relations with states. The talks focused on the historic bilateral relations between the two states, which have recently been further strengthened by the Federal Council's decision to establish a new Swiss embassy to the Holy See.

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