Filter by
Select time frame

All news (2145)

Object 1 – 12 of 2145

New Swiss ambassadors

08.12.2017 — Media release EDA
A number of staff changes have been announced for 2018 for several Swiss representations abroad, the Swiss mission in Geneva, the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), and the Federal Chancellery. The changes will take place as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state.

Confidence building to enhance stability: Federal Councillor Cassis reaffirms Switzerland’s commitment to European security

07.12.2017 — Media release EDA
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the most important forum for debate on European security. At the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis reaffirmed Switzerland’s commitment, saying Switzerland would support the OSCE in the search for solutions to current conflicts – such as that in Ukraine – and actively work on measures to build trust. In the margins of the conference, the head of the FDFA held a number of bilateral talks, including with the foreign ministers of Austria, Russia and Ukraine. He also met his counterparts from other OSCE participating states.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis attends OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna

05.12.2017 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will represent Switzerland at the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on 7 December 2017. The Ministerial Council is the most important decision-making and management body of the OSCE at foreign-minister level. In the margins of the meeting, Mr Cassis will also hold bilateral talks.

Green light for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

04.12.2017 — Media release EDA
Preparation work for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai can now begin following today’s approval of Switzerland’s participation in the event by the Council of States as second chamber. The budget has been set at CHF 14.84 million, about half of which will come from third-party funding. Given the economic and geopolitical significance of the host country and region, by participating Switzerland will create a valuable opportunity to showcase the country and its strengths in the areas of education, research, innovation, business and foreign policy.

Restitution of USD 321 million by Switzerland to Nigeria under World Bank oversight: signing of a tripartite agreement

04.12.2017 — Media release EDA
In keeping with its policy of returning illegally acquired assets, Switzerland has reached an agreement with Nigeria and the World Bank on the restitution of approximately USD 321 million to Nigeria's population. The modalities of restitution are set out in an agreement which was signed by the three parties on 4 December in Washington D.C. at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR).

Switzerland and Georgia anticipate closer economic relations

04.12.2017 — Media release EDA
During President Doris Leuthard’s visit to Georgia on Monday, 4 December, both sides praised the close and friendly ties between the two states. The presidential visit marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Georgia. The discussions with President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili focused on strengthening exchanges between the two states.

Swiss initiative to promote human rights compliance at mega sporting events

30.11.2017 — Media release EDA
As host to some of the most important international sports federations, Switzerland has launched a landmark initiative on mega sporting events and human rights: at the opening of the two-day 2017 Sporting Chance Forum in Geneva on 30 November, Switzerland laid the foundations for new international standards in this area together with sports associations, athletes, states, sponsors, NGOs and international organisations.

Fighting Holocaust distortion: International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance sets priorities for its work

30.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Preserving Holocaust memorial sites and combating the distortion and not only denial of the unprecedented genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime: these are the priorities that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) will pursue in the coming years. The delegates of the 31 member states made this decision at their plenary meeting in Bern, which was chaired by Switzerland. Thanks to the sharper focus on these aspects, the IHRA aims to implement its objectives more effectively, in particular through promoting research and education about the Holocaust and keeping alive the memory of victims through commemorations and memorials.

Switzerland and UNIDO launch programme to strengthen quality infrastructure

27.11.2017 — Media release EDA
On Monday, 27 November, President Doris Leuthard addressed the 17th General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, where she spoke about ways of achieving sustainable industrialisation. In addition, Switzerland and UNIDO made a joint declaration on a programme to strengthen quality infrastructure – such as standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment – in Switzerland’s international cooperation priority countries. President Leuthard also held separate talks with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Christian Kern.

A web app and new book about Carl Lutz: Switzerland supports projects that use witnesses to teach young people about the Holocaust

27.11.2017 — Media release EDA
At the plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in Bern, the Swiss chairmanship of the IHRA presented a Holocaust web app and a new book about Carl Lutz, who together with other members of the Swiss legation in Budapest helped save tens of thousands of Jews between 1944 and 1945. By supporting these projects, Switzerland is underlining its commitment to the goals of the IHRA: to promote research and education on the Holocaust and to keep alive the memory of the victims.

Object 1 – 12 of 2145

Media (2068)

Other news (77)