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International cooperation: Switzerland calls for zero tolerance and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

19.10.2018 — Press release EDA
A power imbalance can exist between people in need and people providing international aid, increasing the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. This must not be tolerated and needs to be rigorously combated in the international cooperation sector. This statement was made unequivocally by Switzerland, along with 21 other OECD countries, at the Putting People First summit in London. In a joint declaration, they also defined various measures for prevention, accountability and the protection of victims and groups at risk.


President Alain Berset emphasises importance of ties between Europe and Asia

19.10.2018 — Press release EDA
At the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting, which concluded on Friday, President Alain Berset emphasised the importance of the partnership between Europe and Asia. Cooperation and ties between the two continents are key factors in strengthening multilateralism around the world. The motto of this year’s ASEM summit in Brussels was ‘Europe and Asia: Global Partners for Global Challenges’.


Federal Council approves the UN Global Compact for Migration

10.10.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 10 October, the Federal Council decided to approve the United Nations Global Compact for Migration with a clarification. Following a first discussion on 14 September, the Federal Council instructed the Interdepartmental Structure for International Cooperation on Migration to pursue the analysis of the domestic and foreign policy impact of the compact. This analysis has shown that the Global Compact for Migration corresponds with Switzerland’s interests in migration. The Federal Council notes that Switzerland is already implementing the recommendations of the Global Compact for Migration in the various policy areas mentioned and that in the case of some actions an explanation is necessary in order to clarify the political scope. The Global Compact for Migration does not cover refugees, who are protected by the Geneva Refugee Convention.


Switzerland at IMF and World Bank 2018 Annual Meetings in Bali

10.10.2018 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer as Head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, will attend the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Bali from 12 to 13 October 2018.


Earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia: Switzerland sends team of humanitarian experts to Sulawesi

01.10.2018 — Press release EDA
Following the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed large parts of the region surrounding the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018, on Monday evening a Swiss Humanitarian Aid advance team was dispatched to Indonesia to determine the most urgent needs. Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which is part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, had offered its assistance to the Indonesian government on Saturday.


Federal Council to continue negotiations with EU under current mandate

28.09.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 28 September 2018, the Federal Council – the executive branch of the Swiss government – conducted a fresh review of Switzerland's European policy strategy and decided to continue negotiations on an institutional agreement with the European Union (EU) as provided for under the current mandate. The Federal Council also wishes to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the social partners and the cantons. The government also adopted the dispatch on Switzerland's second contribution to the enlarged EU and a related dispatch on the revision of the Asylum Act.


Switzerland's engagement in the Human Rights Council

27.09.2018 — Press release EDA
The 39th session of the Human Rights Council concludes on in Geneva on Friday 28 September. At a time when human rights are under pressure around the world, Switzerland's efforts to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and implemented is all the more essential.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis at the UN General Assembly in New York

26.09.2018 — Press release EDA
The multilateral system protects countries which are not military powers, like Switzerland, said Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis on Wednesday at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs also drew a positive assessment of his first participation in the General Assembly: "This first visit gave me a better sense of how multilateralism works and its need for reform."



Conferring of title of ambassador

14.09.2018 — Press release EDA
The following personnel changes will take place in 2018 at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern and at the Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI). The changes will take place as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of decisions made by the Federal Council.


Switzerland sets priorities for 73rd United Nations General Assembly

14.09.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 14 September, the Federal Council set its priorities for the 73rd UN General Assembly. They focus on two key strategic areas: peace and security, and UN reform. Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will represent Switzerland at the high-level opening of the UN General Assembly.


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