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Federal Council adopts maritime strategy for Switzerland

02.06.2023 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council adopted a maritime strategy on June 2, 2023 that provides an overview for all stakeholders and will make federal policy on issues in this area more coherent. Although Switzerland is a landlocked country, it has a number of interests in maritime affairs.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to visit Madrid before Spain's EU presidency

01.06.2023 — Press release EDA
On 5 June, the head of the FDFA is to be received by José Manuel Albares, the Spanish minister for foreign affairs, the EU and cooperation. The two ministers will discuss the development of Swiss-EU relations in the run-up to Spain's presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2023. Discussions will also focus on the war in Ukraine, the UN Security Council and the excellent bilateral relations between Switzerland and Spain.

UN Security Council: Switzerland advocates for the protection of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant

30.05.2023 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis chaired a meeting on the protection of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant at the UN Security Council on 30 May 2023. Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), presented five principles to the Council to guarantee protection of the nuclear power plant. This protection has been threatened several times since the beginning of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. Switzerland supports the IAEA's efforts and calls on the parties to recognise and implement the five principles.

UN Security Council: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis chairs meeting on protection of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant

29.05.2023 — Press release EDA
The UN Security Council will meet on 30 May 2023 to discuss the protection of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. The safety of the nuclear power plant is threatened by hostilities. At the meeting in New York chaired by Federal Councillor Cassis, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, will brief the Security Council on the current situation and present the principles for ensuring safety on site.

Swiss national human rights institution established in Bern

23.05.2023 — Press release EDA
The Swiss national human rights institution (NHRI) was inaugurated on Tuesday 23 May in Bern. Its creation is the culmination of a political process which has taken over 20 years. The mission of the NHRI, an independent institution, will be to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights in Switzerland by working with the federal, cantonal and communal authorities, as well as with all other relevant actors.

Swiss-Lithuanian Cooperation Programme launched

22.05.2023 — Press release EDA
On 22 May 2023, the Ambassador of Switzerland and the Lithuanian Minister of Finance signed the implementation agreement for the Swiss-Lithuanian Cooperation Programme under the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. The contribution to Lithuania amounts to 45.2 million Swiss francs and will support programmes in Lithuania in the fields of health, civic participation and vocational education.

Ignazio Cassis meets Icelandic foreign minister in Zurich

22.05.2023 — Press release EDA
On Monday afternoon, 22 May 2023, the head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis, received his Icelandic counterpart, Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, for an official working visit in Zurich. They discussed bilateral relations, the two countries' work in the Council of Europe, and the future path of Europe.

Commencement Ceremony

21.05.2023 — Press release EDA
Remarks by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), on the occasion of the Commencement Ceremony at Franklin University - Check against delivery

Switzerland committed to tackling poverty and climate change in Africa

17.05.2023 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is contributing CHF 212 million to the 16th replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF). The funds are deployed in the 37 poorest countries in Africa to fight poverty and climate change. They are intended to help achieve the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 17 May, the Federal Council also decided that Switzerland would contribute CHF 27.5 million towards the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI).

Switzerland works to shed light on past deployments of chemical weapons and prevent their future use

15.05.2023 — Press release EDA
The Fifth Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will take place in The Hague from 15 to 19 May. The CWC seeks the permanent and verifiable destruction of all chemical weapons worldwide. At the conference, the 193 states parties, including Switzerland, will review progress towards implementation of the CWC and set priorities for the coming years. Repeated use of chemical weapons, notably in Syria, and the current geopolitical situation pose major challenges for the conference. Switzerland is committed to the scientific clarification of all uses of chemical weapons and seeks to strengthen the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in order to send a strong message against such weapons.

Livia Leu named Swiss ambassador to Germany

10.05.2023 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 10 May 2023, the Federal Council appointed State Secretary Livia Leu as Swiss ambassador to Germany. She will take up her new post in autumn 2023, replacing Paul Seger, who is retiring. The FDFA is appointing a selection committee to select Livia Leu's successor. The Federal Council has announced further appointments as part of the usual transfer rotation.

FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu holds political consultations with Kosovo

09.05.2023 — Press release EDA
On 9 May, FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu held political consultations in Bern with Kosovo's Deputy Foreign Minister Kreshnik Ahmeti. The meeting focused on bilateral matters, the relations between Kosovo and Serbia, Swiss support for the EU normalisation process between the two countries and the implications for the Western Balkans of the war against Ukraine.

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