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Appointments: head of mission in Quito, assistant directors at the SDC and FOPH

15.09.2017 — Media release EDA
A number of staff changes have been announced for the Swiss representation in Quito, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Federal Office of Public Health of the Federal Department of Home Affairs. The changes will take place as part of the usual transfer rotation for 2017/18 and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. In addition, the former deputy director general of the SDC, Thomas Greminger, has been appointed Secretary General of the OSCE. The appointment of head of mission in Quito becomes effective once the agrément of the receiving state has been given. The Federal Council has conferred the title of ambassador on the SDC and FOPH assistant directors.


Cyberangriff auf die Bundesverwaltung entdeckt und Massnahmen ergriffen

15.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Spezialisten des Bundes haben einen Angriff auf einzelne Server der Bundesverwaltung entdeckt und die notwendigen Massnahmen ergriffen. Der Bundesrat und die zuständigen politischen Gremien wurden über den Vorfall informiert. Bei der Bundesanwaltschaft wurden zwei Strafanzeigen gegen Unbekannt eingereicht.


Water, driver of peace: Global Panel on Water and Peace publishes recommendations

14.09.2017 — Media release EDA
"Since water supply is likely to become a major source of tension in the coming years, there is huge potential today to make water a key medium for cooperation and a driver of peace," the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, told the members of the Global Panel on Water and Peace. The panel chaired by former Slovenian President Danilo Türk was launched in November 2015. In Geneva on Thursday, its 15 member states presented the results of their work in the form of a set of recommendations to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts.


The first official visit to Bern by the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations under the partnership agreement with Switzerland

13.09.2017 — Media release EDA
One year following the conclusion of the partnership agreement between Switzerland and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Secretary-General of the association, Lê Lương Minh, met Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter in Bern to discuss the results achieved to date, plus other significant regional and global economic and geostrategic issues. The meeting served to reaffirm the commitment made by Switzerland and ASEAN to strengthen mutual relations, especially in the areas of climate change, disaster risk prevention, advancement of human rights and sustainable development.


Positive review for Swiss 'Flower Power' at Expo 2017 in Astana

11.09.2017 — Media release EDA
This weekend, the doors closed on the Swiss pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Presence Switzerland is pleased with the success of its 'Flower Power' pavilion, where it presented Swiss approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energies and global water management. The Swiss delegation also used the platform to stage around 60 events promoting exchange on specific education, research and innovation topics between key parties from both countries.


Conference on approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals in international cooperation

08.09.2017 — Media release EDA
The fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD), which is taking place at the University of Bern, has been under way since 5 September 2017 and lasts until 8 September. The theme of the conference is ‘Evidence. Engagement. Policies’, and some 300 participants from around the world are involved in discussions on opportunities, challenges and solutions in the context of global sustainable development. The conference was organised by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development – which is run by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) – and the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern.


New FDFA strategy: Switzerland strengthens its commitment to gender equality and women's rights

08.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland's commitment to promoting gender equality and realising women's rights is set to become broader and more coherent. With its first Gender Equality and Women's Rights Strategy the FDFA will implement a comprehensive instrument based on concrete measures. Realising gender equality means creating better prospects for everyone to the benefit of society as a whole. This foreign policy strategy is thus a contribution by Switzerland to achieving peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and prosperity throughout the world.


Switzerland to participate in the first impact investment in the humanitarian sector

08.09.2017 — Media release EDA
The ICRC, with the support of Switzerland and other donor countries, is today launching an innovative model for financing humanitarian aid. The Programme for Humanitarian Impact Investments (PHII) is inspired by the concept of social impact bonds. This is a novel approach in the humanitarian field, with private investment helping to bring physical rehabilitation services to more people in need of such care. The PHII offers the ICRC a means to diversify and grow its funding base while limiting the financial risk incurred by public donors.


Switzerland's priorities at the 72nd UN General Assembly

06.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Building peace and security, especially by stepping up mediation capacity and conflict prevention, and strengthening the role of human rights are just two of the foreign policy priorities that Switzerland aims to implement during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and FDFA State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl will represent Switzerland in New York from 18 September 2017 during the high-level week that coincides with the opening of the UN General Assembly.


Switzerland condemns the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

03.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland condemns the latest nuclear test that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea claims to have conducted on 3 September 2017. This test violates the United Nations Security Council resolutions, constitutes a threat to peace and security in the region and undermines the efforts made by the international community to strengthen the global non-proliferation of nuclear weapons regime, especially those being made to implement the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.


Sports diplomacy: 20 young Colombian athletes visit Switzerland

01.09.2017 — Media release EDA
Twenty young Colombians are currently in Switzerland as part of a visit organised jointly by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the visit is to allow these young people – who come from a region mired in conflict – to learn more about training techniques while discovering popular Swiss sports, and to use sport to give them hope for a better life away from crime and violence.

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