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Montenegro wildfires: Switzerland deploys a helicopter and sends a detachment

Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter  and a humanitarian team.

19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Fires have been raging in Montenegro for several days, devastating a number of areas. The scale of the situation has led the country's authorities to ask for international assistance. Today, Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter from the KFOR base in Kosovo and a humanitarian team from Bern.

Switzerland an active participant at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at UN headquarters in New York comes to an end. The forum is an annual event held for the purpose of reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015. One year ago, 22 countries, including Switzerland, reported to the forum on their initial measures for implementation of the 2030 Agenda; this year, national implementation reports were presented by double that number of countries. In addition, thematic evaluations focusing on specific SDGs were conducted, with Switzerland playing an active role in the deliberations.

Ambassador Thomas Greminger appointed OSCE Secretary General: Switzerland now with a renewed stake in Europe's cooperative security

18.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Thomas Greminger as Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "This new OSCE appointment reflects our desire to make a tangible long-term contribution to the security of Europe through cooperation," said Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Didier Burkhalter. Mr Burkhalter thanked the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and all the participating states for arriving at the consensus in the Ministerial Council so essential to ensuring the efficient functioning of this institution built on dialogue and joint action.

Swiss school students grapple with the memory of the Holocaust

14.07.2017 — Article EDA

In order to approach the difficult subject of the Holocaust, school teachers from Biel and Geneva asked their students to translate several notebook memoirs written by survivors. We met the students from Biel and Geneva and asked them what they took away from this experience.

Death of Liu Xiaobo – FDFA Statement

14.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland is profoundly saddened by the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and expresses its sincere condolences to his family.

Kooperationsstrategie Schweiz-Benin auf Präsidialebene lanciert

Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard trifft Benins Präsidenten Patrice Talon zum bilateralen Gespräch.

13.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard hat am Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2017, in Benins Hauptstadt Cotonou Präsident Patrice Talon getroffen. Im Zentrum des Besuchs standen die Vertiefung der bilateralen Beziehungen sowie die gemeinsamen Ziele auf internationaler Ebene. Benin ist seit 1981 ein Schwerpunktland der Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA). Anlässlich des Besuchs wurde auf Präsidialebene die Schweizer Kooperationsstrategie für Benin 2017-2020 lanciert.

The OSCE is the best chance for security in Europe

The Foreign Ministers of the OSCE gather all together on the grass for a group photography

11.07.2017 — Media release EDA
"Switzerland considers the OSCE to be the best chance for security in Europe," said Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), on Tuesday at the opening of the OSCE Informal Ministerial Meeting in Mauerbach on the outskirts of Vienna. In view of the precariousness of situation on the ground, Mr Burkhalter, who recently travelled to Ukraine, also stressed how important it is for the OSCE to continue its security and humanitarian aid efforts in Ukraine.

OSCE ministerial meeting: Switzerland firmly believes that dialogue and joint action are the drivers of greater security in Europe

10.07.2017 — Media release EDA
On Tuesday, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will travel to Austria to attend the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in Mauerbach near Vienna which will be devoted to the issue of security in Europe under the motto, ‘Building Trust through Dialogue and Co-operation’. At the meeting, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will reaffirm the high priority that Switzerland accords the OSCE in its efforts to strengthen security in Europe, and will give its first assessment of the structured dialogue launched by the OSCE at the beginning of the year to address in detail the main political and military issues concerning the security of the continent.

Strengthening education systems in the poorest countries: Switzerland supports the efforts of the Global Partnership for Education

05.07.2017 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 5 July 2017, the Federal Council approved the continuation of Switzerland's financial contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the 2017 to 2020 period, in the amount of CHF 36 million. The GPE is a priority fund for the SDC's multilateral cooperation work. Through its support for the education systems of the world's poorest countries, it is helping to ensure that everyone can attend school, and thanks to its backing, an additional 64 million children were enrolled in school in 2014.

Switzerland welcomes newly adopted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance strategy framework at plenary meeting in Geneva

29.06.2017 — Media release EDA
At its plenary meeting in Geneva under Switzerland's chairmanship, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has adopted its first strategy framework to increase the impact of its efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and prevent future genocides. Benno Bättig, secretary general of the FDFA and current IHRA chair, praised the work of the IHRA delegates in Geneva.

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