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Switzerland sends experts to the Philippine disaster area

22.12.2011 — Press release EDA
During the night of 17 December a tropical storm devastated large parts of the south of the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by this disaster and about 1000 people were killed. In response to the emergency, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has decided to send six experts from the Humanitarian Aid of the Swiss Confederation to the disaster area. They will make sure that access to drinking water is improved and that hygiene measures are stepped up.

International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission – election of the 15 members

12.12.2011 — Press release EDA
The 15 members of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) were elected at a diplomatic meeting on Friday 9 December 2011 in Bern. The new Commission includes a Swiss national. The IHFFC is a permanent body available to act at the request of a State party involved in a conflict to investigate facts that may constitute war crimes or other violations of international humanitarian law.

Paradigm Change in Global Climate Policy

11.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Following tough negotiations, the 17th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (South Africa) ended with a positive outcome on Sunday, 11 December 2011. In future, all countries will be obliged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions on the basis of the scale of their emissions and their capacity to reduce them.

Switzerland is committed to achieving better protection of children against sexual exploitation

09.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Today, on 9 December, the Federal Council adopted the First Report by Switzerland on the implementation of the UN's Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. The report concludes that Switzerland fully meets the requirements of the Protocol, which was ratified in 2006, and makes substantial efforts to ensure the protection of children from sale, prostitution and pornography.

Outcome of Durban Climate Conference Hangs in the Balance

09.12.2011 — Press release EDA
In the lead up to the end of the UN climate negotiations in Durban, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that a satisfactory outcome will be achieved. The negotiations at the conference will continue into Friday night and are expected to be concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Leuthard’s Plea in Durban: «Climate Regime has to Reflect Today’s Reality»

08.12.2011 — Press release EDA
On the occasion of her participation in the UN Climate Conference in Durban, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard stressed the importance of the commitment of all major emitters for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Ms Leuthard held meetings with several environmental ministers from Europe, Africa and Asia in Durban.

President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

08.12.2011 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, for an official working visit at Lohn, near Bern. They discussed a number of bilateral and international questions. Among the agenda items were the European Union, its neighbourhood policies and the crisis in the euro zone.

Switzerland supports democratic transition together with the Francophonie

02.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Switzerland draws a positive balance of its activities as chair of the Conference of Heads of State and of Government of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) at the half-way point through its term in office, which lasts until the Kinshasa Summit in October 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the same time, Switzerland will continue to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie until December 2011.

Egyptian-Swiss expert meeting on frozen assets restitution

02.12.2011 — Press release EDA
Delegations from Egypt and Switzerland convened on 2 December 2011 in Berne to hold a legal expert meeting on frozen assets restitution. The aim of the talks was to take stock of progress made so far and to strengthen bilateral cooperation with a view to reaching the common goal: an efficient restitution of any assets of illicit origin from the entourage of the former Mubarak regime.

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