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Human Rights Day 2017

70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights © FDFA

10.12.2017 — Local news United States of America
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.


Switzerland's Intervention at the High Level Opening Session of the GFAR

Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, Head of the Directorate of International Law and Head of the Swiss delegation to the GFAR.

05.12.2017 — Local news United States of America

Remarks by Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, Head of the Directorate of International Law and Head of the Swiss delegation to the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) on the occasion of the first Global Forum on Asset Recovery and Switzerland's engagement in that field. 


Portraits of the World: Switzerland to kick off new exhibition series

28.11.2017 — Media release United States of America

A portrait by Switzerland's famous painter Ferdinand Hodler is the focal point of the newly opening exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
The new exhibition series opens on December 15, 2017 and highlights the global context of American portraiture.



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.

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