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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

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

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.  



IRAQI ODYSSEY: Switzerland's Official Entry for the 88th Academy Awards and Oscar nominee in the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Category to Be Screened in Washington, D.C.

29.10.2015 — Media release United States of America

The Embassy of Switzerland, in collaboration with the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, will host two exclusive events in conjunction with the “Iraqi Odyssey” Oscar Campaign for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary. A discussion with movie director Samir at the Swiss Ambassador’s Residence will be followed by a 3-D screening of the documentary. Interviews are possible.


World Day Against the Death Penalty - Joint Declaration

09.10.2015 — Media release United States of America

In a new joint declaration with 17 other foreign ministers, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter has emphasised the importance of constructive dialogue between countries which have already abolished the death penalty, and those which have yet to do so. Dialogue is an important means of achieving worldwide abolition, he said. Switzerland firmly rejects the death penalty, under all circumstances, and is committed to its abolition worldwide by 2025.

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