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Verbot von Nuklearwaffen: Schweiz fordert konsensorientierte Verhandlungen und Einbezug aller Akteure (DE)

28.10.2016 — Media release EDA
Die Schweiz setzt sich auf multilateraler Ebene aktiv für das Fernziel einer Welt ohne Nuklearwaffen ein. Um die gewünschte positive Wirkung für die nukleare Abrüstung zu erzielen, ist eine möglichst breite Unterstützung eines Nuklearwaffenverbots wichtig. Weil die Resolution zur Lancierung eines solchen Verbots keine konsensorientierten Regeln für die kommenden Verhandlungen vorsah, enthielt sich die Schweiz bei der entsprechenden Abstimmung im Abrüstungsausschuss der UNO-Generalversammlung.

Peace, development and migration at heart of discussions between the Foreign Minister of Mali Abdoulaye Diop and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter

25.10.2016 — Media release EDA
On Tuesday 25 October, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, received the Foreign Minister of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop, in Bern for an official visit. “Relations between Switzerland and Mali are characterised by a long-standing friendship and also by convergent current interests in terms of security, development and migration,” said Mr Burkhalter. He added that Switzerland will pursue its engagement with Mali in development, humanitarian aid and peace promotion in a coordinated manner. He went on to underline the two countries’ mutual interest in ensuring that development projects are carried out taking migration and security interests into account.

Opening of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation

25.10.2016 — Media release EDA
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation, in Geneva, has been opened on 25 October 2016 under the patronage of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter. The Centre is being launched jointly by the heads of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende makes official visit to Switzerland

24.10.2016 — Media release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard received Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende for working meetings on 24 October 2016. The talks focused on bilateral political and economic relations and European policy. Further topics were cooperation between Switzerland and Norway in international forums such as the UN and issues in connection with current international events. Foreign Minister Brende also made a courtesy visit to Christa Markwalder, President of the National Council.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska pays official visit to Switzerland

21.10.2016 — Media release EDA
The Slovak president, Andrej Kiska, arrived in Switzerland for an official visit on Friday, 21 October. In the morning he toured the ETH Zurich with President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann. Later the Slovak president was received with military honours at the Lohn country residence. The official talks focused on the themes of European policy and bilateral relations, particularly from an economic perspective, and also covered education, research and innovation. Slovakia currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Swiss consulate general in Chengdu

18.10.2016 — Media release EDA
Switzerland is opening a consulate general in the economic hotspot Chengdu (People's Republic of China) next month. Frank Eggmann is the newly appointed consul general.

Federal Council receives Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

17.10.2016 — Media release EDA
On Monday, 17 October, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann greeted Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Geneva at the start of his state visit to Switzerland. The two presidents then went on to visit the Campus Biotech research centre. In the afternoon Portugal’s head of state was received by the full Federal Council in Bern. The main themes covered during the official discussions included cooperation in the fields of education and research, energy, environmental and climate policy, and European policy issues.

Hurricane Matthew and Haiti: Switzerland intensifies activities to help survivors of the disaster)

17.10.2016 — Media release EDA
Swiss humanitarian operations in Haiti are focusing on the south-west of the country, hardest hit by the storm. More specialists left Bern today to reinforce our on-site teams. Switzerland's priorities include ensuring access to drinking water and fighting the spread of cholera, while also providing support for operations by the United Nations and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

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