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President Sommaruga at the virtual 75th session of the UN General Assembly

24.09.2020 — Press release EDA
On 23 September, during the ministerial week of the United Nations General Assembly, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, outlined Switzerland’s priorities. This year’s event, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, is taking place via video link, owing to the ongoing pandemic.


Federal Council sets four Swiss priorities for UN General Assembly's 75th session

11.09.2020 — Press release EDA
In summer, the Federal Council set the priorities for the UN General Assembly. At its meeting of 11 September 2020, it was informed about the Foreign Affairs Committees’ consultation. The priorities include one concerning global efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly at the end of September will take place via video conference, with President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, representing Switzerland.


UN Human Rights Council: Human rights must also be respected during protests

17.07.2020 — Press release EDA
At Switzerland's initiative, the Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests. In addition, Switzerland has submitted a resolution with partner states on the 15th anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect.



Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2020

17.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At this the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Federal Council stresses the importance of the event in Davos. This year all members of the cabinet will be in attendance; around 60 bilateral meetings are due to take place. President Simonetta Sommaruga will open the event on Tuesday, 21 January, together with Professor Klaus Schwab.


Human rights, UN reforms and science diplomacy: Switzerland's priorities for the 74th UN General Assembly

13.09.2019 — EDA
Switzerland adopted its priorities for the 74th UN General Assembly. The Federal Council was informed, at its meeting on 13 September 2019, of the result of the consultations with the Foreign Affairs Committees. The priorities concern the protection of human rights, support for the UN reform processes, and the promotion of science diplomacy. Switzerland will be represented at the high-level opening of the UN General Assembly at the end of September by President of the Confederation Ueli Maurer and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis.


Federal Council decides on next steps for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

03.04.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council supports disarmament and, in particular, nuclear disarmament. It has decided to pursue, by resorting to external expertise, its analysis on whether Switzerland should join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and will review the situation before the end of 2020. It will use this reflection period to assess recent international and security developments.



Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2019

18.01.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council holds the view that the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is of great importance. Four Federal Council members will be attending the event this year; around 50 bilateral meetings are expected to take place. President Ueli Maurer will open the event with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Tuesday, 22 January.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits Bern

20.12.2018 — Press release EDA
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi paid a visit to Bern on 20 December 2018. He held talks with Federal Councillors Ignazio Cassis and Simonetta Sommaruga, and met with President of the National Council Marina Carobbio Guscetti.


Geneva Conference on Afghanistan: Switzerland continues its commitment to stability and development in Afghanistan

28.11.2018 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has opened the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan organised by the Afghan government and the United Nations. The goal of the conference is to discuss how to strengthen stability in this South Asian country. Switzerland has been active in Afghanistan since 2002, working to promote human rights, the rule of law, basic education and agricultural development.


Federal Council postpones final decision on Global Compact for Migration until conclusion of parliamentary debates

21.11.2018 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council believes that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration is consistent with Switzerland's interests, as it aims to reduce irregular migration by setting benchmarks for orderly migration practices. However, the Federal Council wishes to postpone its final decision pending conclusion of the parliamentary debates. As a result, Switzerland will not attend the intergovernmental conference for the formal adoption of the global compact to be held in Marrakech on 10 and 11 December 2018.

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