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Beirut explosion: Switzerland dispatches a team of specialists

06.08.2020 — Press release EDA
A team of Swiss specialists including civil engineers and logistics experts travelled to Beirut on 6 August 2020 in response to an international appeal for help from the Lebanese authorities following the devastating explosion.


Ignazio Cassis: "Switzerland is on the move, because we are on the move"

31.07.2020 — Press release EDA
To mark Swiss National Day on 1 August, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, paid a surprise visit to the more than 400 young people at a summer camp at the National Youth Sports Centre in Tenero, Ticino. Mr Cassis expressed his pride and confidence in the young people from all of Switzerland's language regions. Their joy of playing and their urge to be active are a symbol of the joie de vivre of a country that is looking ahead after a long period of lockdown.


Mission August 1st!

29.07.2020 — Press release EDA
In this exceptional year, the FDFA is organising 'Mission August 1st' as an online celebration of Swiss National Day for Swiss people living abroad.


SDC Director General Patricia Danzi takes stock after 100 days: “A big job with big responsibilities”

27.07.2020 — Press release EDA
On Monday 27 July 2020, recently named SDC Director General Patricia Danzi took stock of her work at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). At a media event held at the Swiss Humanitarian Aid warehouse in Wabern, she reflected on her first few months at the helm of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and explained the agency's upcoming priorities.


President Sommaruga visits Eastern Ukraine with President Zelenskyy

23.07.2020 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 23 July, President Simonetta Sommaruga travelled with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Eastern Ukraine. Finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in this region is one of Switzerland’s peace policy priorities. Switzerland is Ukraine’s fifth most important donor nation, providing development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and is also involved in the peace process, primarily through the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).


President Sommaruga received on state visit to Ukraine

21.07.2020 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday, 21 July, during her visit to Ukraine, President Simonetta Sommaruga, held official talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This is the first bilateral presidential visit by Switzerland to Ukraine. Both sides commended the excellent existing cooperation and stressed that there was great potential for even closer ties, especially economic, between the two countries. Talks focused on the situation in Ukraine, particularly in the east of the country, and global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


UNHCR: Switzerland donates masks for relief work on the ground

16.07.2020 — Press release EDA
A global pandemic does not only pose a threat to people. It is also a major obstacle for humanitarian aid. If protective equipment is not available, it is not possible to provide assistance on the ground. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is therefore donating three million face masks in response to this problem and in order to protect the people working on the front lines. The consignment was handed over to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday, 08 September 2020.


President Sommaruga to travel to Ukraine next week

13.07.2020 — Press release EDA
President Simonetta Sommaruga will pay a visit to Ukraine next week. Ukraine is important in terms of Switzerland’s security and peace policy, and also has considerable economic potential. Ms Sommaruga will be received by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv for a state visit on Tuesday, 21 July. The two presidents will discuss bilateral cooperation and the international situation.


Procedure for selecting new OSCE Secretary General and heads of OSCE institutions gets under way

13.07.2020 — Press release EDA
At a meeting on Friday 10 July, representatives of participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) decided not to reappoint four officials currently holding senior positions within the OSCE, including Swiss Secretary General Thomas Greminger. Switzerland regrets this decision and calls for a speedy resolution of the issue.


Cyber dialogue: Switzerland and the US join forces for an open and secure digital space

09.07.2020 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 9 July 2020, Switzerland and the USA met for the first bilateral cyber dialogue. Together, the two countries are committed to an open and secure digital space. In addition to the FDFA, the FDF with the Federal Delegate for Cyber Security, the DDPS, OFCOM and fedpol are involved in the digital exchange. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SwissCovid tracing app attracted particular interest.

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