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The danger of nuclear weapons: President Cassis calls for concrete measures in New York

02.08.2022 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis took part on 2 August 2022 in the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York. In his speech, Mr Cassis emphasised that Russia's nuclear threats illustrated the need for a package of measures to reduce nuclear risks. Recent developments in Ukraine have also shown that civilian nuclear facilities must be protected in situations of armed conflict. Switzerland thus wants to ensure nuclear safety and security and give new impetus to nuclear disarmament. The Conference will end on 26 August.


Digitalisation, UN Security Council, bilateral relations: State Secretary Livia Leu holds political consultations in India

02.08.2022 — Press release EDA
FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu met with Indian Secretary (West) Sanjay Verma in New Delhi on 2 August for political consultations on bilateral relations, multilateral cooperation and current foreign policy issues. India is one of the priority countries of Swiss foreign policy and Switzerland has close economic and scientific ties with the South Asian country.


President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis travels to New York for NPT review conference

29.07.2022 — Press release EDA
The 191 states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will meet in New York from 1 to 26 August 2022 for a review conference. President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis will attend the conference on 2 August 2022. The NPT is the cornerstone of global nuclear disarmament, a process that has recently stalled due to increasing challenges. At the conference in New York, Switzerland will work to achieve concrete results that enable decisive action on nuclear disarmament.


Switzerland’s contribution to recognising the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment

28.07.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is also committed at multilateral level to the respect of human rights, a healthy environment and a consistent, unified approach to environmental and human rights issues. As one of the initiators of a resolution in the UN General Assembly, it has contributed to the recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a separate human right. The international community has reaffirmed that a healthy environment is an essential prerequisite for the full enjoyment of human rights, thus sending a strong political signal.


Switzerland hosts third NATO Partnerships 360 Symposium at Maison de la Paix in Geneva

12.07.2022 — Press release EDA
The Partnerships 360 Symposium, which takes place from 11 to 13 July, brings together allied and partner nations for a free exchange of ideas on the future evolution of NATO's partnerships policy. The symposium will be attended by 250 civilian and military representatives from NATO member and partner states. This is the first time that the symposium is being hosted by a NATO partner nation.


2030 Agenda: President Cassis calls for innovation, diversity and determination to implement the Sustainable Development Goals

12.07.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has made progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. If it is to achieve the SDGs by 2030, however, it will have to pick up the pace. This was underlined by Jacques Ducrest, Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda, at the official presentation of Switzerland's second comprehensive voluntary national review to UN member states in New York. Representing Switzerland at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), State Secretary Ducrest highlighted three priority themes: responsible consumption and production; climate, energy and biodiversity; and equal opportunities and social cohesion. The Federal Council adopted Switzerland's voluntary national review on 4 May 2022.


UN Human Rights Council holds emergency debate on Afghanistan and adopts resolution put forward by Switzerland

08.07.2022 — Press release EDA
The 50th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), based in Geneva, concludes today after an intensive four-week programme of work. An emergency debate was held in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the human rights situation of women and girls in Afghanistan. This was also the final session for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who has announced her intention to step down at the end of August.


Presentation of the Lugano Declaration as a political framework for reconstruction in Ukraine

05.07.2022 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday, 5 July, Switzerland and Ukraine, with the support of their international partners, closed the political segment of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) by presenting the Lugano Declaration. The document provides a framework for the political process of Ukraine's reconstruction and sets out the Lugano Principles as common benchmarks for the future.



President Cassis, President Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Shmyhal open URC2022

04.07.2022 — Press release EDA
On Monday, 4 July, President Ignazio Cassis together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video link from Kyiv, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in person in Lugano, opened the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) to launch the reconstruction process at the international level. The conference, which in addition to Switzerland and Ukraine, was attended by delegations from the European Union, 39 states and 16 international organisations, runs until Tuesday. In his opening speech, President Cassis outlined the objectives of URC2022.


Switzerland and EU sign memorandum of understanding on second Swiss contribution

30.06.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland and the EU signed earlier today in Brussels a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. State Secretary Livia Leu, who was in Brussels for exploratory talks, signed the MoU on behalf of Switzerland. The signing of this MOU marks another important milestone towards a swift implementation of the contribution.

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