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Meeting of the “Confederation-Canton Geneva Permanent Joint Group on the Priorities of International Geneva” on security issues

12.09.2011 — Press release EDA
The Confederation-Canton Geneva Permanent Joint Group on the Priorities of International Geneva (GPC) met today under the aegis of President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and of Mrs Isabel Rochat, head of the Department of Security, Police and Environment of Geneva (DSPE), who was accompanied by Mark Muller, President of the Council of the State of Geneva and David Hiler, head of the Finance Department.


SDC to hold international conference on environmental disasters

12.09.2011 — Press release EDA
Coordinated responses to large-scale disasters and their impact on the environment is the subject of the Wilton Park conference from 12 to 15 September in Glion near Montreux. The conference initiated by Switzerland will prepare the United Nations conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) next year. In the margins of the Wilton Park conference President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey met UN Under Secretary General Sha Zukang in Geneva.


President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets Iurie Leanca, Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs

05.09.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met Mr Iurie Leanca, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and European integration of the Republic of Moldova, in the framework of an official visit to the Watteville House in Bern. These talks provided an opportunity to discuss numerous bilateral and regional issues.


Switzerland to participate at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases

31.08.2011 — Press release EDA
A Swiss delegation headed by the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey will attend the UN General Assembly's High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases on 19 and 20 September 2011 in New York. Given the growing prominence of non-communicable diseases, Switzerland will highlight the importance of prevention and the need to involve all sectors of government and civil society in formulating and implementing solutions to confront this scourge.


Chinese Delegation to visit Switzerland on invitation of the SDC within the Frame of the “Low Carbon Cities” Initiative

30.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Within the frame of the “Low Carbon Cities China” initiative, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is organizing a three-day visit to Switzerland for a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) including representatives of the cities of Dezhou and Yinchuan. Lausanne will welcome the delegation on Monday, 5 September 2011, and, as bearer of the “Energy City” label, will acquaint the visitors with its energy policy.


President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets the Austrian Foreign Minister and the Liechtenstein Foreign Minister

29.08.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), today met the Austrian Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger and the Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick for official working talks at Kehrsatz near Bern. International questions of mutual interest were at the top of the agenda at this meeting.


Switzerland appeals for the protection of civilians in Libya

22.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has taken note of the current situation in Libya and is closely following the developments in Tripoli. It calls on all parties to exercise restraint, to respect their obligations with regard to international law, and to take all necessary precautions to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. It calls on the Gaddafi regime to relinquish power immediately in order to avoid further suffering for the civilian population.


Development cooperation: innovation is the key to the future

19.08.2011 — Press release EDA
The Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference was held on Friday 19 August in Lausanne. The theme of this year's conference was innovation. Around 2000 people took part in this year's conference, which was attended by the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, to discuss how to continue effectively supporting the countries of the South in their efforts to reduce poverty and solve their development problems.


Swiss creativity for Switzerland at Expo Milano 2015

19.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Presence Switzerland is conducting a two-stage competition as a means to collect creative ideas for the design of an attractive Swiss pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. The documentation about the competition is now available on-line at: www.simap.ch.


Ambassadors Conference 2011

18.08.2011 — Press release EDA
On Monday, 22 August 2011, President of the Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey will open this year’s Ambassadors Conference at the Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus) in Lucerne. The opening event will also feature speeches by the Belgian philosopher and economist Philippe Van Parijs and the President of the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Patrick Aebischer. The main themes of the Conference, scheduled to run until 26 August 2011, are the positioning of Switzerland at the international level, the challenges associated with defending Swiss interests in times of increasing globalization, and various issues concerning sustainable development.


The FDFA recalls the Swiss Ambassador in Syria to Bern for consultations

18.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland condemns the recent acts of violence committed by the Syrian security forces against the civilian population. It has repeatedly and publicly called on the authorities to respect fundamental freedoms. The actions of the Syrian security forces are not acceptable. For this reason, the FDFA has recalled the Swiss Ambassador in Damascus to Bern for consultations.


Switzerland approves additional aid for hunger victims in the Horn of Africa

17.08.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is increasing its humanitarian aid for those affected by the current hunger crisis afflicting the Horn of Africa. The Federal Council today approved additional aid of CHF 20 million. This will be used above all for the benefit of the population in southern Somalia, malnourished children in the Dadaab refugee camp, and the host communities in northern Kenya.

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