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First plenary meeting under Swiss chairmanship of the IHRA on 26th June in Geneva

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On the occasion of the first plenary meeting under Swiss chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance on 26th June in Geneva, students from Geneva and Bienne present the outcome of their work. They worked for many months to translate the Memoirs of the Holocaust survivors who live in Switzerland.

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Visit by Didier Burkhalter to Ukraine on 6 and 7 June 2017

Didier Burkhalter speaking with three members of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter undertook a two-day visit to Ukraine with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries, discussing peace-building efforts and seeing first-hand what support is being provided by Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

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Visit to the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, 19.05.2017

View of the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Head of the FDFA Didier Burkhalter visited the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, where he officially opened a water supply system funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation. The system will provide some 35,000 Syrian refugees with direct access to drinking water.

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Conference on Syria in Brussels

Federal Councillor Burkhalter shaking hands with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in the margins of the Brussels conference on Syria.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter set out Switzerland’s position at the Syria conference in Brussels. He appealed to the parties to the conflict to show willingness to compromise.

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AQUA – Art to draw attention to the uneven distribution of water

Close-up shot of Adelina von Fürstenberg

Switzerland is supporting the travelling exhibition AQUA, which will open to the public in Geneva on 22 March on the occasion of World Water Day. AQUA is a project by ART for The World, an NGO that links up contemporary art, human rights and sustainable development.

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The SDC ends its work in Bhutan amid encouraging signs of a burgeoning democracy

Women and children attending an event.

Switzerland's development cooperation with Bhutan began in the mid-1960s. The SDC funded rural development projects run by Helvetas for several decades before getting involved in the governance sector upon the request of the Bhutanese authorities. Within 10 years, clear progress had been made. The SDC's work in Bhutan is coming to an end in early 2017.

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34th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 27 February 2017

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter opens the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday 27 February 2017 in Geneva.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter opened the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday 27 February 2017. He stressed that “human rights are a joint response to a harsher, more uncertain world.” Mr Burkhalter also held several bilateral meetings.

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