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Switzerland renews support to UNHCR

01.02.2023 — Press release EDA
In response to the unprecedented flow of people forced to abandon their homes due to armed conflict, the Federal Council decided at its meeting on 1st February 2023 to allocate CHF 68 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the years 2023–24. The UNHCR provides dignified hosting conditions and medical assistance to those forced to flee as well as access to education for their children. It is a key partner in the implementation of Switzerland's foreign policy.


Return of war to Europe – the focus of 2022 Foreign Policy Report

01.02.2023 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council approved the 2022 Foreign Policy Report at its meeting on 1 February 2023. The document includes a special focus on the war in Ukraine. It also discusses progress in relations with the EU, Switzerland's commitment to more effective multilateralism, and its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2023–24.


Use of chemical weapons in Syria – Switzerland's position

27.01.2023 — Press release EDA
Switzerland takes note of the third report of the Investigation and Identification Team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was mandated to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Douma on 7 April 2018. Switzerland strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons and calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to refrain from using them and comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law. Those responsible for crimes under international law in Syria must be held accountable.


From Lugano to London: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis hands over lead for Ukraine Recovery Conference to UK

18.01.2023 — Press release EDA
The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) held in Lugano last July will be resumed in London in 2023. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, in the presence of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's State Secretary, Oleksandr Bankov, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has officially handed over responsibility for preparing the next URC to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Grant Shapps. The head of the FDFA recalled the Lugano Principles and described them as a compass pointing the way to Ukraine's recovery even in dark times.


Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2023

13.01.2023 — Press release EDA
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is once again taking place at its traditional date in January after recent editions were cancelled due to the pandemic in 2021 and postponed to the spring last year. President Alain Berset will open the event together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab, on Tuesday, 17 January.



Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis calls for respect of the UN Charter in the Security Council

12.01.2023 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis took part in a UN Security Council ministerial debate on the rule of law in New York on 12 January. The head of the FDFA recalled that respect for the principles of the UN Charter is pivotal to peace and security in the world. Tomorrow, Mr Cassis will travel on to Washington, where he will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis participates in rule of law debate at the UN Security Council in New York

11.01.2023 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 11 January 2023, the Federal Council was briefed on Switzerland's initial work within the UN Security Council and key upcoming issues. Tomorrow, Thursday 12 January, head of the FDFA Ignazio Cassis will travel to New York to participate in a UN Security Council debate at the invitation of Japan, the current president. This ministerial-level debate will focus on promoting the rule of law among nations.


New Year’s reception

11.01.2023 — Press release EDA
Speech by Alain Berset, head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) at the New Year’s reception for the diplomatic corps. Check against delivery.



Ignazio Cassis advocates climate change mitigation for Pakistan at UN conference

09.01.2023 — Press release EDA
In Geneva today, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis attended the UN conference on flood-stricken Pakistan. In response to the emergency, the Swiss Confederation donated CHF 4 million for humanitarian aid in the summer of 2022 and is helping Pakistan to cope with the refugee situation with a further CHF 6 million. On the margins of the conference, Mr Cassis held various bilateral talks, including with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.


UN Security Council renews cross-border humanitarian aid into Syria

09.01.2023 — Press release EDA
On 9 January 2023, the United Nations Security Council unanimously extended the mandate for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria until 10 July. Switzerland introduced the respective resolution in the Security Council as co-penholder of the Syria humanitarian file. The Council's decision allows humanitarian aid to reach a region in north-west Syria where over four million people are in need of support. Protecting the civilian population in conflicts is one of Switzerland's priorities for its two-year Council membership.

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