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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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160,000 visit House of Switzerland during Rio Olympics

22.08.2016 — Media release EDA
Presence Switzerland, part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), is extremely pleased with the success of its House of Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which has proved a real hit with the public and attracted widespread media coverage. For the first time, the House will remain open for the Paralympics as well.


Ambassadors and International Network Conference in the presence of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

22.08.2016 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter opened this year’s Ambassadors and International Network Conference on Monday 22 August 2016. The four-day conference has as its theme ‘Switzerland – stakeholder and beneficiary of the multilateral system’ and this year is being held in Geneva’s Palais des Nations, the highly symbolic building opened in 1936 to house the League of Nations. International Geneva is the European heart of multilateral diplomacy while also serving as a platform for Swiss foreign policy. The choice of venue for this year’s conference emphasises Switzerland’s role as a host country and an active and innovative member of the UN. Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni attended the conference as guest speaker. On Tuesday, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, and other members of the Federal Council will also address the ambassadors in a series of presentations and seminars.


Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni discuss closer cooperation

22.08.2016 — Media release EDA
Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Italy and policy on Europe were the focus of talks which Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter held with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni on 22 August 2016 on the margins of this year's Ambassadors and International Network Conference in Geneva. The two foreign ministers agreed to coordinate more closely, particularly in the area of European policy.



International Geneva: change in two foundation boards

17.08.2016 — Media release EDA
Valentin Zellweger, the new permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organisations in Geneva, has been appointed a member of the Foundation Council of the Foundation for Buildings for International Organisations (FIPOI). His deputy Sabrina Dallafior has for her part joined the Foundation Board of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. At its meeting today, the Federal Council adopted these two changes.


Attacks against medical facilities and schools in conflict zones: the FDFA calls for strict compliance with international humanitarian law

16.08.2016 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is appalled by the growing number of attacks against hospitals and schools in a large proportion of armed conflicts and reiterates that all parties to a conflict have an obligation to take the measures required by international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population and persons hors de combat and to mitigate the impact of conflicts on civilians.


Foreign ministers of German-speaking countries discuss European issues and advocate closer cooperation on European security

05.08.2016 — Media release EDA
Meeting today at Gutenberg Castle in Balzers (Liechtenstein), the foreign ministers of the five German-speaking countries decided to collaborate more closely on the prevention of violent extremism, cooperative security in Europe and other regions and the promotion of the German language. The ministers also underlined the importance of close, constructive relations between the members of the European Union and neighbouring countries like Switzerland.

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