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State Secretary Mauro Dell'Ambrogio pays official visit to Azerbaijan

01.11.2018 — Press release Azerbaijan
Bern, 01.11.2018 - Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, paid an official visit to Azerbaijan between 29 and 30 October, where he met the Minister of Education. A joint declaration on intensifying bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, research and innovation was signed during the meeting. The State Secretary also met with the President of Azerbaijan.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis at the UN General Assembly in New York

03.10.2018 — Press release Azerbaijan
The multilateral system protects countries which are not military powers, like Switzerland, said Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis on Wednesday at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs also drew a positive assessment of his first participation in the General Assembly: "This first visit gave me a better sense of how multilateralism works and its need for reform."

Direct flights Baku – Geneva - Baku

24.09.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
On 20 September 2018, Swiss Ambassador, Mr. Philipp Stalder, met with the President of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), Mr. Jahangir Askerov, to discuss forthcoming launch of direct flights between Baku and Geneva scheduled to start on 30 October 2018.

Embassy organized Alumni Networking Event 2018

12.09.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
The Embassy of Switzerland in Azerbaijan organized an Alumni Networking Event on 7 September 2018. The event took place on the roof terrace of the Swiss Residence and was attended by 60 persons with an educational background in Switzerland. It was the second edition of the Alumni Event organized by the Swiss Embassy. This year, the CEO’s of Swiss companies (operating in Azerbaijan) were invited to the reception as well.

Negotiations on framework for global coordination of migration successfully completed

10.08.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
Switzerland welcomes the approval by UN member states of the draft 'Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration'. The conclusion of the negotiations is an important step towards common standards among states to boost the positive aspects of migration and to contain the negative aspects through joint efforts. Switzerland and Mexico led the negotiation process, which has now been successfully concluded.

Locarno International Film Festival marks end of FDFA Democracy Without Borders initiative

10.08.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
Four years after its launch at the Locarno International Film Festival, the FDFA's Democracy Without Borders initiative was concluded on 5 August 2018 in Locarno. An array of Swiss celebrities contributed to the initiative by raising public awareness of Swiss development cooperation issues and projects. The Afghan film 'Laila at the Bridge' was screened to mark the occasion, followed by a panel discussion on civil society participation, film-making and freedom of expression in Afghanistan, a partner country for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The event was introduced by Marco Solari, president of the Locarno International Film Festival and project president of Democracy Without Borders, and Pio Wennubst, assistant director general of the SDC.

Swiss commitment and success at the Human Rights Council

10.08.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
The 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva ends today following three weeks of work. Switzerland presented two resolutions, the first concerning human rights in the context of peaceful demonstrations, the second highlighting the contribution of the Human Rights Council to preventing human rights violations. The Council adopted both resolutions.

Switzerland and Iran discuss ways of developing relations

10.08.2018 — Local news Azerbaijan
On Tuesday, 3 July, during the official visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Bern, Switzerland and Iran reaffirmed their support for the Road Map agreed in 2016; the two countries expressed their wish to deepen relations in spite of the current circumstances and push ahead with implementing the Road Map. The talks between President Rouhani and a Federal Council delegation led by President Alain Berset focused on stabilising the nuclear deal with Iran following the withdrawal of the USA and bilateral cooperation. An agreement and two declarations of intent were signed following the talks.

Swiss expert Philip D. Jaffé elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

10.08.2018 — Press release Azerbaijan

On 29 June 2018, Philip D. Jaffé was elected to the Committee on the Rights of the Child by the states parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. He is the second Swiss person to serve as a member.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), comprising 18 members, monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols. This convention safeguards all human rights of children, defined as persons under the age of 18. The 196 states parties agree to take all appropriate measures to ensure these rights are protected in their respective countries, and they regularly submit progress reports to the CRC.

Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference: Federal Councillor Cassis calls for effectiveness

10.08.2018 — Press release Azerbaijan
The sustainable development of urban and rural areas in Africa was at the heart of the SDC/SECO Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference that took place on 29 June 2018 in Bern. Participating for the first time in his capacity as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis called for effectiveness in the field of international cooperation.

Federal Council adopts Switzerland's country report on implementation of the 2030 Agenda

06.08.2018 — Press release Azerbaijan
At its meeting on 20 June 2018, the Federal Council adopted Switzerland's country report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report shows that Switzerland has already firmly established the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in its policies, although challenges still remain. Switzerland's country report will be presented at the UN in New York in July 2018.

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