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Here you can find the last 12 media releases and other news published by the FDFA, such as statements, announcements and articles, in chronological order.

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Pascale Baeriswyl appointed FDFA state secretary

30.09.2016 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council appointed Ms Pascale Baeriswyl state secretary and head of the Directorate of Political Affairs of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday. Ms Baeriswyl (48, places of origin Basel and Fribourg) is currently the assistant director of the FDFA's Directorate of International Law (DIL). She will take up her post on 1 December of this year and will succeed Mr Yves Rossier who, after more than four years in this function, has today been appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation. The Federal Council has also appointed Ms Krystyna Marty Lang, until recently head of mission in Pristina, as deputy state secretary and deputy head of the Directorate of Political Affairs, with the title of ambassador.



Supporting democratisation in Tunisia: parliamentary delegation on study trip in Switzerland

23.09.2016 — Media release EDA
This week a delegation from the Tunisian parliament has been finding out first-hand about federalism and parliamentary processes in Switzerland. Members of the delegation met with representatives of the Federal Assembly and specialists from the Federal Administration, Parliamentary Services, the canton of Fribourg and its communes. The study trip is part of Switzerland's broader commitment to democratisation in Tunisia.


Swiss representation in San Francisco now under one roof with its partners

23.09.2016 — Media release EDA
Today sees the opening of the new home of the consulate general of Switzerland, swissnex San Francisco, the Swiss Business Hub USA and Switzerland Tourism inside a historic warehouse on San Francisco's Pier 17. In cooperation with various federal departments, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA is working to bring all the activities of Swiss foreign policy together under a single roof in one location.


Signing of peace agreement in Colombia – Switzerland represented by the State Secretary of the FDFA

22.09.2016 — Media release EDA
Yves Rossier, the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will represent Switzerland at the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC on Monday 26 September 2016. This historic deal should bring an end to a conflict lasting several decades and claiming many victims. It also seeks to bring about lasting peace in this Latin American country.




President sets out Swiss priorities for 2017 at the UN General Assembly

20.09.2016 — Media release EDA
On Tuesday, 20 September, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann addressed the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in New York, setting out Switzerland’s priorities for the coming year, based on the key issues for Switzerland in the UN that the Federal Council has identified for the 2012–2022 period: security and reform. In his speech, Mr Schneider-Ammann highlighted the important role that a prosperous economy plays in bringing stability and security. Other key events in the president’s programme include a UN meeting on the question of resistance to antibiotics and a reception held by US President Barack Obama.


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.



President Schneider-Ammann meets European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Zurich

19.09.2016 — Media release EDA
President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann met with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in Zurich on Monday to discuss the current state of relations between Switzerland and the European Union. One of the main topics was the implementation of Article 121a of the Federal Constitution on immigration. In the evening, the two presidents attended an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic speech on Europe given by Winston Churchill in Zurich.


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.

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