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Federal Council signs agreement on privileges and immunities with the foundation “Fund for the Afghan People”

01.02.2024 — Press releases EDA
The Federal Council and the foundation “Fund for the Afghan People” (Afghan Fund) have signed an agreement on privileges and immunities of the Foundation in Switzerland, which entered into force on February 1, 2024. With this agreement, the Federal Council recognizes the international significance of the Afghan Fund and ensures the protection and preservation of the fund's assets in Switzerland.

New Swiss ambassadors

22.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
A number of staff changes and conferments of ambassadorial titles have been announced for 2023/24 for several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), and the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council.

President Berset speaks at UN Security Council debate on Ukraine

20.09.2023 — Press releases Europa
On 20 September, President Alain Berset attended a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine. Other highlights of his stay in New York during the opening week of the 78th UN General Assembly were Switzerland's address in the general debate and the Summit on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which is held only once every four years.

Switzerland welcomes US-Iran prisoner swap

18.09.2023 — Press releases EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes the humanitarian gesture of the US and Iran that has led to the successful exchange of five American and five Iranian prisoners, who can now go home to their families. Switzerland helped facilitate the prisoner exchange by providing its good offices. The FDFA would like to thank all the countries involved for the trust they placed in Switzerland.

Swiss Air Force to train with U.S. Air Force in Switzerland

18.09.2023 — Press releases Europa
The Swiss Air Force and the U.S. Air Force will conduct a joint training exercise in Swiss airspace from 18–21 September 2023. The training is part of Switzerland's efforts to strengthen its defence capabilities through international cooperation.

Swiss diplomats from around the world meet to discuss foreign policy

21.08.2023 — Press releases EDA
This year's Ambassadors and International Network Conference is taking place from 21 to 24 August 2023 in Bern. The unique forum allows diplomats from Switzerland's entire external network to discuss and help shape foreign policy documents and projects. This year's edition will focus on the 2024–27 foreign policy strategy.

MRA between Switzerland and the USA on the manufacturing practice for medicinal products takes effect

27.07.2023 — Press releases Europa
The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between Switzerland and the United States in the area of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for medicinal products signed in January has entered into force with effect from 27 July 2023. In principle each country thus accepts the inspections carried out by the other’s regulatory authority (Swissmedic or FDA, as the case may be).

On 25th anniversary of Rome Statute, Switzerland chairs UN Security Council meeting on the International Criminal Court

19.07.2023 — Press releases EDA
In 2023, the states parties to the Rome Statute will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this founding text, marking the international community's commitment to the fight against impunity. On 17 July, Switzerland took part in the commemorations organised in New York. The following day, together with Japan, it organised an informal meeting of the Security Council on the contribution of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to international peace and security. The meeting provided an opportunity for member states to express their support for the ICC as an independent and impartial judicial institution, and to underscore the role of justice in peace.

Switzerland focuses on transboundary water management in New York

19.07.2023 — Press releases EDA
A Swiss delegation is taking part in the UN's 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is being held in New York from 10 to 19 July. The Swiss delegation hosted an event at the HLPF on transboundary water management as a driver of sustainable development and peace. The HLPF is a pivotal preparatory event for the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit to be held in September.

We are launching SWISS IMPACT!

17.07.2023 — Local news United States of America
We are proud to announce the launch of SWISS IMPACT, highlighting Swiss achievements in the United States.

Chief of the Armed Forces visits US for update on the implementation of Air2030

26.06.2023 — Press releases Europa
From 26 to 30 June, Chief of the Armed Forces Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli will be in the United States on a working visit. He will visit military and industrial sites to gain an insight into the assembly, operation and training activities with regard to the PATRIOT long-range surface-to-air missile defence systems and the new F-35A fighter jet. He will also meet with representatives of the United States Armed Forces.

Joint Statement on the 2023 U.S.-Swiss Cyber and Digital Dialogue

08.06.2023 — Local news United States of America
The United States and Switzerland held the second U.S.-Swiss Cyber and Digital Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 2023.  The United States and Switzerland reaffirmed their shared commitment to advancing a peaceful, secure, and stable cyberspace through efforts to promote a free, open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet.

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