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At the United Nations, Switzerland contributes to a safe and peaceful cyberspace

12.03.2021 — Mission Geneva
A United Nations working group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications (ICTs) in the context of international security, chaired by Ambassador Jürg Lauber, permanent representative of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, has adopted a final report with a list of recommendations to ensure peace and security in cyberspace.

Switzerland hosts an informal WTO ministerial meeting

29.01.2021 — Press release Mission Geneva
At the invitation of Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation, a virtual informal ministerial meeting was held on 29 January on WTO-related issues. Among those taking part were ministers responsible for WTO affairs and WTO Deputy Director General Alan Wolff. The event was held in place of the traditional informal WTO ministerial meeting chaired by Switzerland on the fringes of the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos. Participants discussed trade policy challenges and priorities ahead of the twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference, particularly in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launch of the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies

25.01.2021 — Mission Geneva
The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies is an ambitious commitment towards the realisation of the right to education for crisis-affected and displaced children and youth and comes at a time of unprecedented humanitarian needs. Over half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are children, and nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict; millions more face risks from climate change, disaster, violence and epidemics. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation. We are witnessing a global crisis in which children and youth are at heightened risk of losing years of education.

Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace

26.11.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva
Cybersecurity and trust is a precondition for benefitting from the digital transformation. The Geneva Dialogue convenes governments, industry actors, civil society and academia to implement internationally recognized norms to achieve greater security and stability in cyberspace.

Launch of the Swiss initiative 2050Today for a reduction of CO2 emissions in International Geneva

27.10.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva
In partnership with the United Nations, 2050Today brings together a community of international Geneva institutions determined to ensure a quick, continuous and measurable reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their own institutions. By sharing experiences, solutions and practices members of the community foster and facilitate the implementation of efficient measures with a sense of solidarity and cooperation. As primary advocate and responsible for a multilateral and inclusive climate action, permanent missions, UN institutions and other entities of international Geneva want to lead by example.

The UN celebrates its 75th anniversary

24.10.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva
The Palais des Nations and the Jet d'eau in Geneva, among more than 180 emblematic buildings and monuments in Europe, have been illuminated in blue on the evening of Saturday, 24 October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).

The Presidents of the Federal Chambers visiting International Geneva

14.10.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva
The President of the National Council Isabelle Moret and the President of the Council of States Hans Stöckli travelled to Geneva for a two-day visit to the institutions of International Geneva. Amongst others, they met the heads of ICRC, UNOG, WHO and WEF. 

Switzerland and OHCHR stress importance of freedom of the press and freedom of opinion and expression

01.09.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva
Around the world, the work of journalists has become more difficult in recent years. In many places, press freedom is being restricted. Under the heading of ‘Journalists at risk - Let's protect media freedom!’, President Simonetta Sommaruga and Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a joint invitation to an event in Geneva, providing a platform for journalists concerned.

Switzerland celebrates 75 years of the United Nations

26.06.2020 — Local news Mission Geneva

On 26 June 2020, the United Nations celebrated the 75th anniversary of the adoption of its Charter. On this occasion, Switzerland wished to pay tribute to its fundamental role in international cooperation and the construction of the future by offering a gift in the form of an ephemeral eco-responsible fresco by the artist SAYPE. The artwork, a symbol of collaboration on future challenges, will brighten up the park of the Palais des Nations for several weeks.


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