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Switzerland to attend IMF and World Bank 2018 Spring Meetings in Washington

19.04.2018 — 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 attend the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington from 20 to 22 April 2018.


Humanitarian crisis in DRC: Switzerland commits CHF 12.5 million to assist the population

13.04.2018 — Media release EDA
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is gripped by one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The country now also faces a cholera epidemic, while millions of its people are dependent on humanitarian assistance. Representatives of several states and humanitarian organisations met today in Geneva to support the international response to this crisis. This was the first high-level humanitarian conference devoted to the DRC. Switzerland will provide CHF 12.5 million this year to support emergency operations in the country.


2018 Annual Consultations of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) Member States in New York

13.04.2018 — Media release EDA
Representatives of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in New York City on 12–13 April 2018 for their annual consultations. The discussion focused on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the activities of the NNSC. The representatives also evaluated the operational tasks of the NNSC and reaffirmed their long-term commitment to contributing to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the NNSC Member States exchanged views with several high-level UN staff on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and on the work of NNSC.



State visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

10.04.2018 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council invited the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to pay a state visit to Switzerland to underscore and further deepen the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. President Alain Berset will receive Germany’s head of state on Wednesday 25 April.


Decrease in Switzerland's official development assistance in 2017

10.04.2018 — Media release EDA
With an official development assistance (ODA) rate of 0.46% of its gross national income (GNI), Switzerland ranked in 2017 in the top third of donor countries according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Switzerland remained 8th out of the 29 member states of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which published its ranking yesterday. In 2017, the amount of ODA spent on receiving asylum seekers from developing countries during their first year in Switzerland was significantly less than in 2016. The ratio of ODA to GNI in non-asylum related areas also decreased in 2017 as a result of cost-cutting measures passed by Parliament.


World Health Day dedicated to “Health for all”

06.04.2018 — Media release EDA
World Health Day 2018, which will take place on 7 April, will be dedicated to the theme of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Almost half of the world’s population has no access to essential health services and each year almost hundred million people face extreme poverty because of the money they have to spend on health services.


Swiss abroad in 2017 - Three quarters of a million Swiss citizens live abroad

05.04.2018 — Media release EDA
(FSO) – The number of Swiss citizens living abroad was 751 800 at the end of 2017. They live in almost 200 countries around the world, but mainly in Europe. The largest Swiss community is in France, where a good quarter of expatriates live. More Swiss women live abroad than Swiss men. 54.5% of expatriates are women. These findings are from the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) Statistics on the Swiss Abroad.


Migration: Ignazio Cassis signs readmission agreement with Mongolia

05.04.2018 — Media release EDA
Switzerland and Mongolia signed two agreements on Thursday following a meeting between Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Ulaanbaatar. Both ministers confirmed the excellent relations between the two countries at the meeting. By signing the readmission agreement, Mongolia has pledged to take back any of its citizens living in Switzerland without a permit. The second agreement will exempt Swiss and Mongolian diplomats from the visa requirement in both countries.


Trust in data in the era of fake news - The important role of official statistics in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between

04.04.2018 — Media release EDA
(FSO) – Facts provide the foundation for political and social dialogue. But what happens when instead of facts, purposely spread untruths begin to dominate that dialogue? And what can be done about it, or better still, what can be done to stop it? Possible answers can be found at the conference entitled “Truth in numbers – the role of data in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between” that highlights the importance of official statistics for democracy. The conference is organised by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the international Partnership in Statistics for Development PARIS21.


Switzerland and China hold first strategic dialogue

03.04.2018 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Tuesday 3 April 2018 for the first strategic dialogue in the history of Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations.


Switzerland's engagement in mine action

03.04.2018 — Media release EDA
In 2017 the Swiss Confederation invested CHF 22.3 million in mine action activities for the clearance of contaminated areas, awareness of mine risks, local capacity building and monitoring the implementation of international laws and treaties.

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