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Markus Schefer elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
On 12 June 2018, the meeting of States parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York elected nine new members to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On taking his seat on the Committee in 2019, Markus Schefer will become the first Swiss member of this human rights body.


China and Switzerland conduct human rights dialogue

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
The 16th round of human rights dialogue between Switzerland and China took place from 11 to 12 June in Beijing. The discussions, held in confidential session, allowed an open and mutually critical debate to take place on national and international human rights issues. The focus was on the judicial and penal system and minority rights.


UNDP head in Bern on official visit

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited Bern on 12 June. He met Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and also held talks with FDFA state secretary Pascale Baeriswyl and Manuel Sager, director general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Mr Steiner also met with the chairperson of the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter. The UNDP is Switzerland's largest partner in the UN system.


Cameroonian delegation visits Switzerland to discuss plurilingualism

11.06.2018 — Media release EDA
The Cameroonian National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (NCPBM) will make a study visit to Switzerland from 11 to 15 June 2018 with the objective of discussing questions linked to plurilingualism and multiculturalism.



Swiss aid convoys to eastern Ukraine reach initial destinations

06.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Switzerland's eighth aid consignment has arrived in eastern Ukraine. It consists of six convoys, three of which are being sent across the line of contact to the region outside of Kyiv's control. The aid deliveries are mainly comprised of water treatment chemicals and medical supplies and equipment. This includes treatments for tuberculosis (TB) in the Luhansk area, which currently has the highest incidence of the disease in Europe.


Roma in Switzerland: an integral part of society but not a national minority

01.06.2018 — Media release EDA
On 1 June 2018, the Federal Council examined an application by two organisations for recognition of the Swiss Roma community as a national minority under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It found that the criteria necessary for such a recognition had not been met. Nevertheless, the Federal Council notes that the Roma community is an integral part of Swiss society. The Federal Council also considers it important that members of the Roma community be protected from racism and discrimination.



2017 annual report on international cooperation: emergency assistance and poverty reduction at the heart of Switzerland's engagement

28.05.2018 — Media release EDA
Last year the focus of Switzerland's international cooperation was on emergency assistance, combating poverty and inequality, and contributing to solutions to major global challenges. This is highlighted in the 2017 annual report on international cooperation, published today by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), for the first time in online format only. This commitment is in Switzerland's own interests, as our prosperity and security are both largely determined by the international context.


Switzerland to open consulate general in Chicago in 2019

23.05.2018 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 23 May 2018, the FDFA informed the Federal Council that it would reopen a consulate general in Chicago in 2019 in order to step up efforts to promote Switzerland's economic interests in the Midwest of the United States. The network of Swiss representations abroad, which currently comprises 170 representations, is regularly adapted to changing circumstances in order to best meet Switzerland’s interests.

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