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Private sector engagement gaining in importance in international cooperation

12.10.2021 — Press release EDA
At the beginning of 2021, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) produced its general guidance and handbook on private sector engagement, which is becoming increasingly important for international cooperation. At a symposium in Bern today, representatives of the SDC, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the private sector and civil society discussed the potential and challenges of private sector engagement and how it can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Human Rights Council recognises right to a healthy environment

11.10.2021 — Press release EDA
The 48th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva ended on 11 October 2021 following intensive negotiations over more than a four week period. This year the Council adopted three initiatives put forward by Switzerland and its partner countries. One of the resolutions recognised the right to a healthy environment. The second initiative concerned the death penalty, focusing on the lack of transparency in its application and imposition. The third resolution concerned the elimination of child, early and forced marriage in times of crisis.

UN World Data Forum in Bern mobilised experts to offer solutions for the 2030 Agenda

06.10.2021 — Press release EDA
The UN World Data Forum 2021 (UNWDF) ended Wednesday 6 October in Bern with the adoption of the “Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals”. This conference, held for the first time in a hybrid format, had a total of 7626 participants registered online, of whom 668 were present in Bern. The Minister of Home Affairs Alain Berset and the UN Secretary General António Guterres highlighted the importance of data to attain the 2030 Agenda.

Federal Council looking to strengthen diplomatic relations with Holy See

01.10.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 1 October 2021, the Federal Council decided to establish an embassy to the Holy See in Rome, so as to respond to the increase – noted for several years – in diplomatic tasks. The embassy, also to manage diplomatic relations with Malta and San Marino, will focus on better realising the potential for bilateral cooperation in Switzerland's priority foreign policy areas. Parliament's foreign affairs committees will be consulted shortly.

Switzerland continues to build understanding between cultures and language communities

01.10.2021 — Press release EDA
On 1st October 2021, the Federal Council approved Switzerland's combined report on implementation of the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In recent years there have been some positive developments for people belonging to national minorities and the preservation of regional or minority languages. It is essential that the authorities continue this important work.

Strategic partnership dialogue between Switzerland and the United States

01.10.2021 — Press release EDA
FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu welcomed her US counterpart Wendy R. Sherman to Bern today for the first strategic partnership dialogue between Switzerland and the United States. The discussions focused on the prospects for the two countries' bilateral relations in a changing world, and covered scientific and economic cooperation, Switzerland's good offices and various topical international issues.

Innovative Switzerland rolls out red carpet at Expo 2020 Dubai

30.09.2021 — Press release EDA
The World Expo in Dubai opens its doors tomorrow, Friday 1 October. Switzerland is participating with its own pavilion, which offers visitors a memorable experience and showcases our country in all its diversity: from the beauty of the Swiss Alps to Switzerland's role as a leading innovation hotspot. Made possible with partners from business, science and politics, the pavilion will be open to the public for six months in order to strengthen relations with Switzerland's most important trading partner in the Middle East and showcase its status as an economic powerhouse and attractiveness as a tourist destination in the region.

Switzerland welcomes signing of transboundary cooperation declaration on Senegal–Mauritanian Aquifer Basin

29.09.2021 — Press release EDA
At a meeting in Geneva, water ministers from The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal adopted a declaration on the establishment of institutional transboundary cooperation around the Senegal–Mauritanian Aquifer Basin. The ministers also agreed to begin talks on the creation of a mechanism to ensure the concerted and sustainable management of their shared groundwater resources, on which more than 15 million people depend for their water supply. Switzerland, through the Geneva Water Hub, works to facilitate this cooperation, which also enjoys the support of the Secretariat of the UN Water Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, as well as the European Union.

UN World Data Forum in Bern supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

28.09.2021 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Confederation, in cooperation with the United Nations, is organising the third edition of the United Nations World Data Forum 2021 (UNWDF), to be held from 3 to 6 October 2021 in Bern. With around 700 participants from 110 countries in the Swiss capital, this global and hybrid conference is crucial to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with high-quality, accessible, timely and reliable data. The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the Head of the Department of Home Affairs, Alain Berset, are expected to open the Forum.

New Swiss ambassadors

24.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Personnel changes will take place in 2022 at several Swiss representations and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) as part of the periodic transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council at its meeting on 24 September 2021. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state.

President of the Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis set priorities in New York for sustainability and political resolution of conflicts

23.09.2021 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin and FDFA head Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis set various thematic priorities during the high-level week marking the opening of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. At the virtual UN Summit on Food Systems, Mr Parmelin explained what Switzerland intends to do to help shape the transformation towards sustainable food systems at home and abroad. Mr Cassis chaired a high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with Sweden's minister of foreign affairs, Ann Linde, and took part in an event on the Libyan peace process. The federal councillors also held bilateral talks in New York on various topics, including Switzerland's candidature for a seat on the UN Security Council.

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