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State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl to coordinate negotiations with EU starting 1 April 2017

22.02.2017 — Media release EDA
Pascale Baeriswyl will take over the coordination of Switzerland’s negotiations with the European Union (EU) from Jacques de Watteville. During its session on Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Federal Council tasked the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) with pursuing the coordination of the discussions with the EU, together with the negotiators in charge of different dossiers, as of 1 April.



Munich Security Conference: Didier Burkhalter rates OSCE as a major actor for rebuilding trust in Europe

18.02.2017 — Media release EDA
At the Munich Security Conference last Saturday, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter expressed the view that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) now more than ever had a key role to play in strengthening security in Europe. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) called on members of the OSCE to advance common action to reduce uncertainty and rebuild trust through a structured dialogue within the framework of the OSCE.


Bundesrat Parmelin und Bundesrat Burkhalter an der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz

16.02.2017 — Media release EDA
Bundesrat Guy Parmelin, Chef des Eidgenössischen Departements für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport, und Bundesrat Didier Burkhalter, Vorsteher des Eidgenössischen Departements für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, nehmen an der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz teil, die vom 17. bis am 19. Februar 2017 dauert. Die jährlich stattfindende Sicherheitskonferenz ist weltweit eines der wichtigsten Foren für Sicherheitspolitik.


Switzerland continues its efforts to protect the rights of national minorities

15.02.2017 — Media release EDA
On 15 February 2017, the Federal Council approved Switzerland’s fourth report on its implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Several important advances have been made in recent years that benefit people belonging to national minorities. Protecting their rights must remain an ongoing commitment.



Tunisia’s National Authority for the Prevention of Torture visits Switzerland

10.02.2017 — Media release EDA
As part of a cooperation project between the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) supported by the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Tunisia’s National Authority for the Prevention of Torture (INPT) will undertake a working visit to Switzerland from 12 to 16 February 2017. Members of the INTP will meet with representatives of the Swiss National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT) and of the FDFA to discuss the work of the INTP and the challenges it faces.


Afghanistan – FDFA condemns killing of six ICRC staff

08.02.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) condemns the attack carried out in Afghanistan which cost the lives of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The FDFA extends its condolences to the families of the victims and the ICRC. “It is with a heavy heart that I learned of these tragic deaths. I convey to the families of the victims my deepest sympathy,” said Didier Burkhalter, head of the FDFA, in a message to ICRC President Peter Maurer.


The FDFA reaffirms its support for a two-state solution

08.02.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) notes that the adoption by the Israeli parliament on Monday 6 February 2017 of a law aimed at legalising under Israeli law the building of homes, and in particular the building of numerous outposts, on private Palestinian land in the occupied Palestinian territory makes the prospect of a two-state solution, which the FDFA advocates, even more difficult.




Annual press conference: measuring the effectiveness of SDC projects

27.01.2017 — Media release EDA
During its autumn session, Parliament adopted the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is currently implementing the objectives set out by the dispatch for the first year. What are the new areas of focus? At the SDC’s annual press conference, SDC director general Manuel Sager explained the five strategic priorities, additional mandates set by Parliament and the core objectives of the SDC’s various departments in the current year. In the second part of the press conference, SDC specialists addressed the issue of measuring effectiveness, which is of central importance for development cooperation.

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