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Switzerland at IMF and World Bank 2019 Annual Meetings and G20 Finance Ministers Meeting in Washington

17.10.2019 — Press release EDA
President Ueli Maurer as Head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, will attend the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington from 18 to 19 October 2019. Important bilateral talks are likewise planned. President Ueli Maurer and SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan will attend a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in the run-up to the Annual Meetings.


Innovation, investment, Swiss community: Ignazio Cassis opens consulate general in Chicago

23.09.2019 — EDA
Switzerland is once again represented in the Midwest, a major economic region of the United States, with a consulate general. At the opening ceremony in Chicago, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis highlighted the potential for increasing cooperation in various areas such as innovation. The reopening of the Chicago representation by the FDFA comes in response to a parliamentary request. The consulate general will increase the support available to Swiss companies in the Chicago metropolitan area and it serves as a further example of strengthened Swiss-US ties.



Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis satisfied with Washington visit

08.02.2019 — Press release EDA
Following his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington on Thursday, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) noted that his discussions there confirmed Switzerland's status as a valued partner of the United States. Bilateral relations, international political affairs and multilateral politics were the focus of his meetings with Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton as well as with several US senators.


Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cooperation on Advancing Apprenticeship, Career and Technical Education, and Vocational and Professional Education and Training

03.12.2018 — Local news United States of America
On December 3, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was in Washington, D.C. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding concerning cooperation on advancing Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET), Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Apprenticeship with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.



Switzerland to Open a Consulate General in Chicago in 2019

23.05.2018 — Press release United States of America

 

On May 23, Switzerland announced that the Swiss Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois, will be reopened in 2019. Switzerland and the Midwest can already boast impressive cooperation in trade, investment, science, innovation, and culture. The Consulate General’s primary mission will be to strengthen those ties. 



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 — Press 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.


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