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Pope Francis received in Switzerland by a delegation of the Federal Council

21.06.2018 — Media release EDA
On Thursday, 21 June, Pope Francis arrived in Switzerland for a one-day visit. During their official talks, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Alain Berset, and Pope Francis discussed the priorities of Switzerland and the Holy See, particularly regarding peace and security. Prior to that, the Pope was greeted at Geneva airport by President Berset, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, National Council president, Dominique de Buman, and a delegation from the Genevan authorities. Mr Cassis and Mr de Buman later also attended a meeting with the Pope. In the evening, Mr Berset and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will bid the Pope farewell on his departure.



Federal Council adopts Switzerland's country report on implementation of the 2030 Agenda

20.06.2018 — Media release EDA
At its meeting on 20 June 2018, the Federal Council adopted Switzerland's country report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report shows that Switzerland has already firmly established the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in its policies, although challenges still remain. Switzerland's country report will be presented at the UN in New York in July 2018.





China and Switzerland conduct human rights dialogue

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
The 16th round of human rights dialogue between Switzerland and China took place from 11 to 12 June in Beijing. The discussions, held in confidential session, allowed an open and mutually critical debate to take place on national and international human rights issues. The focus was on the judicial and penal system and minority rights.


UNDP head in Bern on official visit

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited Bern on 12 June. He met Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and also held talks with FDFA state secretary Pascale Baeriswyl and Manuel Sager, director general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Mr Steiner also met with the chairperson of the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter. The UNDP is Switzerland's largest partner in the UN system.


Markus Schefer elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

12.06.2018 — Media release EDA
On 12 June 2018, the meeting of States parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York elected nine new members to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On taking his seat on the Committee in 2019, Markus Schefer will become the first Swiss member of this human rights body.


Cameroonian delegation visits Switzerland to discuss plurilingualism

11.06.2018 — Media release EDA
The Cameroonian National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (NCPBM) will make a study visit to Switzerland from 11 to 15 June 2018 with the objective of discussing questions linked to plurilingualism and multiculturalism.



Swiss aid convoys to eastern Ukraine reach initial destinations

06.06.2018 — Media release EDA
Switzerland's eighth aid consignment has arrived in eastern Ukraine. It consists of six convoys, three of which are being sent across the line of contact to the region outside of Kyiv's control. The aid deliveries are mainly comprised of water treatment chemicals and medical supplies and equipment. This includes treatments for tuberculosis (TB) in the Luhansk area, which currently has the highest incidence of the disease in Europe.

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