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Federal Council report on gold trading and human rights

14.11.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 14 November 2018, the Federal Council has presented its gold report in response to a postulate submitted by Parliament. The report takes stock of the Swiss gold sector, reiterates the initiatives and measures already taken and formulates recommendations to ensure that the gold imported into Switzerland has not been produced in violation of human rights.



FDFA Statement on the political crisis in Sri Lanka

10.11.2018 — Press release EDA
Switzerland deplores the political crisis in Sri Lanka and the recent decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s Parliament. It calls on all parties to follow democratic processes and to respect the rule of law.


National Future Day at the FDFA: Carpets in the Federal Palace, mobile-phone free Federal Council Chamber, and a Federal Councillor with time for visitors

08.11.2018 — Press release EDA
To mark National Future Day 2018, a group of some 80 children and young people spent a day at the workplace of their parents or relatives, getting a glimpse behind the scenes at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. They met Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis who showed them the room where the Federal Council holds its meetings and explained how the Federal Council works. That mobile phones are not allowed in the Federal Council Chamber surprised quite a number of the young visitors.


Gender equality: executive director of UN Women visits Switzerland

01.11.2018 — Press release EDA
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, visited Switzerland from 29 October to 1 November 2018. Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka met with representatives of the Federal Administration, Parliament and civil society to discuss gender equality in Switzerland and worldwide. She also participated in a panel discussion co-organised by the FDFA on 'Women's Empowerment in the World of Work'.


World Bank calls for investment in education and health

01.11.2018 — Press release EDA
Disruptive technologies are changing the the world of work globally. In its flagship World Development Report 2019, presented in Bern on 1. November 2018, the World Bank calls on governments to invest in education and health.


Switzerland and Malta reaffirm their ties

30.10.2018 — Press release EDA
Switzerland and Malta maintain good and increasingly intensive relations. This was emphasised by both sides during an official visit to Switzerland by Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca on Tuesday, 30 October. In addition to bilateral issues, Malta’s head of state and President Alain Berset discussed European and migration policy issues, as well as developments in the conflict areas of North Africa and the Middle East.


“Mind the gap”: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis receives British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt in Bern

25.10.2018 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in Bern for bilateral talks. During a working breakfast, the two foreign ministers discussed, among other things, the status of the Brexit negotiations. They also discussed the Federal Council's 'Mind the gap' strategy, which aims to ensure that bilateral relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom continue as smoothly as possible after the UK's departure from the EU.


2nd UN World Data Forum: Switzerland supports the ongoing development of the global statistical system and will organise the next World Data Forum jointly with the UN in 2020

24.10.2018 — Press release EDA
The second UN World Data Forum was held in Dubai from 22 to 24 October 2018. The adopted final document, the Dubai Declaration, focuses on strengthening the global statistics system and on the funding of official statistics. Furthermore, Switzerland has been chosen to host the third edition of the Forum in October 2020. Switzerland was represented in Dubai by a mixed delegation from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).


Appointment of heads of mission and conferral of the title of ambassador

24.10.2018 — Press release EDA
Staff changes in several Swiss representations and at the FDFA in Bern have been announced for 2018/2019. These changes are part of the periodic transfer rotation and are based on the appointments announced by the Federal Council on 24 October 2018. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the host state.

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