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Protection for humanitarian personnel: UN Security Council adopts Swiss resolution

24.05.2024 — Press releases EDA
On 24 May 2024, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution for the protection of humanitarian and UN personnel in conflict zones. The resolution, which was negotiated and submitted by Switzerland to the Security Council for a vote, highlights the country's long-standing commitment to the protection of civilians – a priority of the Federal Council for Switzerland's 2023–24 term on the council.

UN Security Council: harnessing the potential of science for peace and security

17.05.2024 — Press releases EDA
Switzerland organised a meeting of the UN Security Council on 17 May 2024 to strengthen collaboration between the scientific community and the council. Incorporating science into the council's decision-making process can foster mutual trust and help prevent conflicts, promoting sustainable peace – a key priority for the Federal Council during Switzerland's Security Council membership in 2023–24.

Palestine's application for full membership of the United Nations

18.04.2024 — Press releases EDA
Palestine's application for full UN membership will not be submitted to the UN General Assembly due to the veto by the United States on 18 April in the UN Security Council. Switzerland abstained from the vote. After assessing the situation and consulting with the chairs of the parliamentary foreign affairs committees, the Federal Council concluded that granting Palestine full UN membership at this time would not be conducive to easing the situation and peace efforts in the Middle East. Switzerland remains committed to the two-state solution.

Humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa: Switzerland increases aid for people in Sudan

15.04.2024 — Press releases EDA
At the international donors' conference on 15 April 2024 in Paris, Switzerland pledged CHF 19 million to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Sudan. As a result of the ongoing hostilities over the past year, the country is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. To date, 8.6 million people have been displaced, and the country is on the brink of a devastating famine. From the beginning of the crisis, Switzerland has been actively engaged at multiple levels to help end the conflict and improve the situation on the ground.

Second year of war in Ukraine: Ignazio Cassis at UN headquarters in New York

20.02.2024 — Press releases EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, the head of the FDFA, will address the United Nations in New York on 22 and 23 February 2024 to mark the two-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. He will take part in the UN Security Council and General Assembly debates on the situation in Ukraine, as well as a side event focusing on humanitarian mine action. He will also participate in various bilateral meetings.

Middle East: Federal Councillor Cassis stresses the need for a comprehensive solution

24.01.2024 — Press releases EDA
On January 23, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis took part in a ministerial debate on the Middle East at the UN Security Council. Under the French Presidency, the aim of the debate was to contribute to concrete progress towards a political solution to the crisis in the Middle East. The Head of the FDFA presented to the Council an analysis of the situation and presented his views on a solution to the conflict and a lasting peace in the region. In addition, the Head of the FDFA took advantage of his presence in New York to hold bilateral meetings.

Il Consiglio federale adotta un progetto di mandato negoziale sullo scambio di informazioni relative ai dati dei passeggeri aerei con l’Unione europea

01.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
Nella seduta del 1° novembre 2023, il Consiglio federale ha adottato un progetto di mandato negoziale per un accordo con l’Unione europea sullo scambio di informazioni relative ai dati dei passeggeri aerei, i cosiddetti Passenger Name Record (PNR). Tale accordo contribuirà a migliorare lo scambio di informazioni ai fini della cooperazione di polizia, del sostegno alla piazza economica svizzera e della salvaguardia della sicurezza interna dello spazio Schengen.

Security crisis in Haiti: UN Security Council authorises international police mission

02.10.2023 — Press releases EDA
At its meeting today, the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of police forces by third countries to Haiti. The security situation in Haiti is precarious due to high levels of gang-related crime. With this measure, the Security Council seeks to help maintain public safety and protect the population. At its meeting on 6 September, the Federal Council had adopted guidelines for negotiations within the Security Council concerning this resolution.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis at UN in New York after consolidating Swiss partnership with Canada

18.09.2023 — Press releases EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met today with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly in Ottawa. Talks centred on further developing Swiss–Canadian ties in the fields of economy, research, environment and human rights. Next step: 18 to 20 September in New York and the opening week of the UN General Assembly. In his capacity as head of the FDFA, Mr Cassis and his delegation will also attend thematic events and bilateral meetings, which will focus on the war in Ukraine, combating pollution, and guaranteeing respect for the rule of law and international humanitarian law.

Looking ahead to the 78th UN General Assembly

15.09.2023 — Press releases EDA
At its meeting on 15 September, the Federal Council was briefed on the outcome of the consultation of the foreign affairs committees in the run-up to the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The main items on the agenda are the international financial architecture, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, international law and UN reforms. The 78th session of the UNGA will open next Tuesday in New York. President of the Confederation Alain Berset and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, will represent Switzerland.

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.

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