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Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2020

17.01.2020 — Press release EDA
At this the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Federal Council stresses the importance of the event in Davos. This year all members of the cabinet will be in attendance; around 60 bilateral meetings are due to take place. President Simonetta Sommaruga will open the event on Tuesday, 21 January, together with Professor Klaus Schwab.


Human rights, UN reforms and science diplomacy: Switzerland's priorities for the 74th UN General Assembly

13.09.2019 — EDA
Switzerland adopted its priorities for the 74th UN General Assembly. The Federal Council was informed, at its meeting on 13 September 2019, of the result of the consultations with the Foreign Affairs Committees. The priorities concern the protection of human rights, support for the UN reform processes, and the promotion of science diplomacy. Switzerland will be represented at the high-level opening of the UN General Assembly at the end of September by President of the Confederation Ueli Maurer and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis.


Federal Council decides on next steps for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

03.04.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council supports disarmament and, in particular, nuclear disarmament. It has decided to pursue, by resorting to external expertise, its analysis on whether Switzerland should join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and will review the situation before the end of 2020. It will use this reflection period to assess recent international and security developments.



Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2019

18.01.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council holds the view that the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is of great importance. Four Federal Council members will be attending the event this year; around 50 bilateral meetings are expected to take place. President Ueli Maurer will open the event with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Tuesday, 22 January.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits Bern

20.12.2018 — Press release EDA
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi paid a visit to Bern on 20 December 2018. He held talks with Federal Councillors Ignazio Cassis and Simonetta Sommaruga, and met with President of the National Council Marina Carobbio Guscetti.


Geneva Conference on Afghanistan: Switzerland continues its commitment to stability and development in Afghanistan

28.11.2018 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has opened the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan organised by the Afghan government and the United Nations. The goal of the conference is to discuss how to strengthen stability in this South Asian country. Switzerland has been active in Afghanistan since 2002, working to promote human rights, the rule of law, basic education and agricultural development.


Federal Council postpones final decision on Global Compact for Migration until conclusion of parliamentary debates

21.11.2018 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council believes that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration is consistent with Switzerland's interests, as it aims to reduce irregular migration by setting benchmarks for orderly migration practices. However, the Federal Council wishes to postpone its final decision pending conclusion of the parliamentary debates. As a result, Switzerland will not attend the intergovernmental conference for the formal adoption of the global compact to be held in Marrakech on 10 and 11 December 2018.


Switzerland sets priorities for 73rd United Nations General Assembly

14.09.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 14 September, the Federal Council set its priorities for the 73rd UN General Assembly. They focus on two key strategic areas: peace and security, and UN reform. Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will represent Switzerland at the high-level opening of the UN General Assembly.


The Federal Council decides not to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the present time

15.08.2018 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 15 August 2018, the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would, at this juncture, not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) that was negotiated at the UN in 2017. During the negotiations Switzerland noted numerous issues requiring clarification. Since then, an interdepartmental working group headed by the FDFA has concluded that, from today's perspective, for Switzerland the arguments against an accession to the TPNW outweigh the potential opportunities of an accession. Switzerland remains committed to nuclear arms control and disarmament and will continue to work towards the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.


Bundesrätin Doris Leuthard zieht eine positive Bilanz über die Fortschritte der Schweiz bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung

17.07.2018 — Press release EDA
Bundesrätin Doris Leuthard nahm am 16. und 17. Juli am Hochrangigen Politischen Forum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development HLPF) an der UNO in New York teil. Vor der versammelten Staatengemeinschaft und zahlreichen nichtstaatlichen Akteuren präsentierte sie am 17. Juli den ersten Schweizer Bericht über die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und deren 17 Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals SDGs).

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