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Showcasing Switzerland at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

26.04.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council announced today that a House of Switzerland will showcase the country at the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The objective is to position Switzerland as an attractive and innovative country to a wide Japanese and international audience and to promote Swiss interests.

‘Beyond one’s own four kitchen walls’ – the SDC showcases its development cooperation in Lucerne

25.04.2017 — Media release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is inviting visitors at LUGA, the Spring Fair of Central Switzerland, to come and taste, smell and discover some aspects of their work. The special exhibition ‘Beyond one’s own four kitchen walls’ shows how Switzerland contributes to the reduction of poverty and hunger while promoting ecologically sound agriculture in countries such as Kosovo, Vietnam and Benin. This year’s LUGA runs from 28 April to 7 May 2017.

Solidarity with famine-struck Yemen: Geneva donor conference pledges over CHF 1 billion for humanitarian assistance

25.04.2017 — Media release EDA
“We are mobilising humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen and telling them loud and clear that they have not been forgotten”, said the head of the FDFA at the beginning of the donor conference in Geneva. At the conference organised by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden, CHF 1.1 billion was pledged to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen. These funds are urgently needed because Yemen is currently experiencing the biggest famine worldwide.

Official visit to Bern by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

24.04.2017 — Media release EDA
UN Secretary-General António Guterres made his first official visit to Bern this Monday. It began with a meeting with Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter to address the current crises and conflict prevention as priority issues. Increasing the focus on conflict and crisis prevention is a shared goal of Switzerland and the UN. In this context, the two officials discussed augmenting the role of International Geneva and the issue of UN reforms. Mr Guterres was to end the day with a working dinner hosted by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard.

La Suisse déplore la mort d’un collaborateur de l’OSCE en Ukraine

23.04.2017 — Media release EDA
La Suisse déplore la mort d’un membre du personnel médical de la mission d’observation de l’Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE) qui a été tué dans l’explosion d’une mine en Ukraine. Elle appelle à faire la lumière sur cet événement.

Switzerland reappointed to UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

20.04.2017 — Media release EDA
On 19 April 2017 member states of the UN Economic and Social Council reappointed Switzerland to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, ensuring the country's representation in the UN’s most important body for drugs policy. The appointment lasts four years and will start in 2018.

Switzerland at IMF and World Bank 2017 Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C.

20.04.2017 — Media 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 take part in the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., from 21 to 23 April 2017. Prior to these meetings, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer will represent Switzerland at the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors.

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to modernise its professional development system

13.04.2017 — Media release EDA
At its meeting of 12 April, the Federal Council has commissioned the FDFA to prepare the introduction of a new system for all categories of transferable staff within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The aim of this change in system is to take better account of performance and give greater weight to the alignment of tasks and competencies than the principle of seniority. Accompanying measures are planned to take account of the specific nature of the transfer system – which requires employees working in the service of Swiss foreign policy to move to a new function every four years. The new system is scheduled to enter into force in 2019.

Switzerland reaffirms its commitment to multilateral development banks

12.04.2017 — Media release EDA
Multilateral development banks play a central role in supporting the poorest developing countries. Their expertise and size enable them to tackle global challenges such as financial crises, climate change and pandemics. On 12 April 2017, the Federal Council therefore decided to allocate the necessary resources to participate in replenishing the corresponding funds, namely the International Development Agency (IDA), the World Bank, the African Development Fund (AfDF) and the Asian Development Fund (AsDF).

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