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Countries; EDA; Official visit
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is visiting Argentina and Uruguay from 26 to 27 May 2016. The focus of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations with Switzerland’s partner states.
Location: South America
The Second International Meeting of the «Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes» is taking place in Manila from 2 to 4 February 2016. It aims to identify needs and challenges in atrocity prevention and further develop prevention strategies.
Location: Manila, Philippines
The 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will be held in Davos from 20 to 23 January 2016. Countless influential politicians, business leaders and scientists gather each year during this key international event.
Public event; Exposition
It is difficult to conceive of a modern world in which international law plays no part. Although we may not always be aware of it, there are few aspects of our lives that are not influenced by the rules of international law.
The 2015 annual conference of the FDFA Human Security Division will be on the theme of "Switzerland and mediation: Focusing on peace".
OSCE; Conference Assembly; Travel
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is in Jordan the 19th and 20th October 2015 for a two-day visit. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs visits the An-Nhdah school in Amman and the Azraq refugee camp, both supported by Switzerland. On the margins of the OSCE Mediterranean Conference, Didier Burkhalter meets with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, to discuss especially the Syria crisis.
From 14 to 21 October 2015 a series of events will be staged in seven Swiss cantons to mark the Week against Human Trafficking, co-organised by the FDFA.
Travel; Conference Assembly
President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter represent Switzerland at the UN General Assembly and the summit to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York.
Location: New York
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is taking part in the Shangri-La Dialogue Asian security summit and will co-chair together with South Korea the Asian conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). During his visit to Vietnam, Mr Burkhalter will open the new Swiss consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City.
Location: Singapur, Südkorea, Vietnam
The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will take part in the conference on 14 and 15 March. He will then travel to Indonesia and subsequently to Sri Lanka for political discussions.
Location: Sendai, Jakarta, Colombo, Jaffna
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter attends the Munich Security Conference on Feb 7. The central themes at this year's Munich Security Conference include the Ukraine conflict and the future of European security.
From 21 to 24 January 2015 the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held in Davos, at which several members of the Federal Council will be represented. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will use his presence at the WEF inter alia to hold bilateral talks, including with the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.