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Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter meets with the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Geneva

12.01.2017 — Press release Mission Geneva

On the margins of the UN Conference on Cyprus, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter held a bilateral meeting with the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres to reiterate the positive working relationship between Switzerland and the UN as well as to exchange views on various topical issues such as conflict prevention, Organisation reform and International Geneva.

Water is life


14.11.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Federal Councillor Alain Berset opened the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health, with 52 States participating.

Opening of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation

25.10.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation, in Geneva, has been opened on 25 October 2016 under the patronage of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter. The Centre is being launched jointly by the heads of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

UN Women opens office in Geneva

06.10.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

The opening of a UN Women office in Geneva enhances Geneva’s role in the global struggle for gender equality


02.10.2016 — Local news Mission Geneva

Geneva offered the outgoing Secretary General a musical farewell with the United Nations Orchestra. Before the concert, SG Ban Ki-moon had dinner with federal councillor Burkhalter 

ATT Secretariat Agreements signed

13.06.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Headquarter and administration agreements, anchoring the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat in Geneva, have been signed by Federal Councillor Burkhalter and head of Secretariat Dladla 

Peace, security and human rights

13.06.2016 — Press release Mission Geneva

Federal Councillor Burkhalter launches an appeal to enhance collaboration between the UN Human Rights Council and the Security Council during the Human Rights Council’s opening ceremony of the 32nd Session

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