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Montenegro wildfires: Switzerland deploys a helicopter and sends a detachment

Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter  and a humanitarian team.

19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Fires have been raging in Montenegro for several days, devastating a number of areas. The scale of the situation has led the country's authorities to ask for international assistance. Today, Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter from the KFOR base in Kosovo and a humanitarian team from Bern.

Switzerland an active participant at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


19.07.2017 — Media release EDA
On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at UN headquarters in New York comes to an end. The forum is an annual event held for the purpose of reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015. One year ago, 22 countries, including Switzerland, reported to the forum on their initial measures for implementation of the 2030 Agenda; this year, national implementation reports were presented by double that number of countries. In addition, thematic evaluations focusing on specific SDGs were conducted, with Switzerland playing an active role in the deliberations.

Ambassador Thomas Greminger appointed OSCE Secretary General: Switzerland now with a renewed stake in Europe's cooperative security

18.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Thomas Greminger as Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). "This new OSCE appointment reflects our desire to make a tangible long-term contribution to the security of Europe through cooperation," said Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Didier Burkhalter. Mr Burkhalter thanked the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and all the participating states for arriving at the consensus in the Ministerial Council so essential to ensuring the efficient functioning of this institution built on dialogue and joint action.

Kooperationsstrategie Schweiz-Benin auf Präsidialebene lanciert

Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard trifft Benins Präsidenten Patrice Talon zum bilateralen Gespräch.

13.07.2017 — Media release EDA
Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard hat am Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2017, in Benins Hauptstadt Cotonou Präsident Patrice Talon getroffen. Im Zentrum des Besuchs standen die Vertiefung der bilateralen Beziehungen sowie die gemeinsamen Ziele auf internationaler Ebene. Benin ist seit 1981 ein Schwerpunktland der Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA). Anlässlich des Besuchs wurde auf Präsidialebene die Schweizer Kooperationsstrategie für Benin 2017-2020 lanciert.

Strengthening education systems in the poorest countries: Switzerland supports the efforts of the Global Partnership for Education

05.07.2017 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 5 July 2017, the Federal Council approved the continuation of Switzerland's financial contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the 2017 to 2020 period, in the amount of CHF 36 million. The GPE is a priority fund for the SDC's multilateral cooperation work. Through its support for the education systems of the world's poorest countries, it is helping to ensure that everyone can attend school, and thanks to its backing, an additional 64 million children were enrolled in school in 2014.

The Federal Council takes stock of human rights compliance in Switzerland

28.06.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council has adopted the third national report that Switzerland will submit to the UN Human Rights Council in November 2017 as part of the Universal Periodic Review. The report gives an overview of the human rights situation in Switzerland and of the most important measures it has taken in this respect in recent years.

Processing of personal data by the FDFA – Draft federal bill issued for consultation

28.06.2017 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on Wednesday 28 June 2017, the Federal Council approved the draft bill for a federal act on the processing of personal data by the FDFA. This proposed legislation fulfils the requirements of the Federal Act of 19 June 1992 on Data Protection (FADP) while also taking account of more recent developments in internal organisation, technology and society. The consultation procedure has started with the various stakeholders and will end on 20 October 2017.

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