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Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann in USA: focus on vocational education and training

Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann's meeting with presidential advisor, Ivanka Trump

18.07.2017 — Media release United States of America

Bern, 18.07.2017 - Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann visited Washington on 17 and 18 July. The aim of his visit was to meet with several members of President Trump’s cabinet, strengthen bilateral economic relations and exchange views on cooperation in the field of vocational education and training. Meetings took place with Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, and presidential advisor, Ivanka Trump.

Asking for Proposals: Annual Soirée Suisse 2017-21 (event services)

Soirée Suisse 2017 Gottard Tunnel

27.04.2017 — Local news United States of America

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States launches a tender for the event services of the annual Soirée Suisse event. All documents (project no. 154830 | Notice ID: 965215) on this public call to tender are only available on simap. Please click on Running procedures / Confederation / Invitations to tender. After selecting the project please click on Registration (for calls to tender) in order to register, log in and download the tender documentation.


Deadline: June 7, 2017

Switzerland’s Investments Strengthen the U.S. Economy

16.02.2017 — Media release United States of America

The United States is the top destination for Swiss direct investment abroad. Switzerland is the 7th largest foreign direct investor in the U.S. Swiss firms have created half a million jobs and do business in all 50 states, representing a substantial economic presence in the United States that strengthens the American economy. The new publication "Switzerland's Economic Footprint in the United States" puts it all together clearly and concisely.

UN General Assembly: Switzerland committed to preventing violent extremism and terrorism

20.09.2016 — Media release EDA
Stepping up international efforts to prevent violent extremism and terrorism was at the heart of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter's concerns as he participated on Tuesday in the opening of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Mr Burkhalter, who is head of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, took part in meetings focusing on how to involve women and the private sector in projects in order to give marginalised groups more opportunities – with the aim of preventing people deprived of hope from falling into violence and extremism. One of the meetings was also sponsored by Switzerland.

UN issues declaration on refugees and migration

19.09.2016 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga represented Switzerland on Monday at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. The states want to meet the challenges posed by large movements of refugees and migrants more effectively and issued a political declaration on this issue. Federal Councillor Sommaruga stressed that Switzerland wants to play an active role in implementing the goals agreed at the summit in New York.

Switzerland’s priorities at the UN’s 71st General Assembly

07.09.2016 — Media release EDA
Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation, will set out Switzerland’s priorities in relation to the UN for the coming year on 20 September at the opening of the UN’s 71st General Assembly. He will also take part in various events and meet with heads of state and government. During this ministerial week in New York, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will also represent Switzerland at various events, focusing in particular on international security, and will conduct bilateral talks. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga will also take part in the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants to be held on the eve of the opening of the General Assembly.

Switzerland steps up its humanitarian commitment to the people fleeing the fighting in Iraq

20.07.2016 — Media release United States of America

A conference of donor countries was held today in Washington to mobilise funds to ensure better humanitarian support for the tens of thousands of internally displaced persons fleeing the fighting that has been ravaging Iraq since May. Switzerland has decided to allocate an additional CHF 1 million, increasing its commitment to CHF 10 million for 2016.

Solar Impulse 2: Swiss Ambassador for Innovation in Clean Tech Lands in New York City to Address Global Climate Challenges

Solar Impulse 2 landing in New York City ©Solar Impulse

11.06.2016 — Media release United States of America

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York are proud to welcome the Solar Impulse 2 to New York City on the last leg of the Swiss solar airplane’s flight across the United States. As part of its around-the-world journey, the Solar Impulse 2 flew by the Statue of Liberty and landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Led by Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Solar Impulse 2 team will organize several activities in New York, inspiring audiences with their innovations in clean technology while preparing for their next crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

Successful Launch of New Brochure and Video on Switzerland’s Vocational Education and Training System

Apprenticeship brochure

21.04.2016 — Local news United States of America

On April 21, 2016, the Embassy of Switzerland successfully launched a new brochure and video on Switzerland’s vocational education and training system. The information package, "Earn While You Learn: Switzerland’s Vocational Education and Training System, A Model for Apprenticeships in the United States", explains how the Swiss apprenticeship model works and describes Swiss-U.S. cooperation in the area.  

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