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European Ministers of Culture, meeting in Davos, call for a policy of high-quality Baukultur

22.01.2018 — Media release EDA
On 21 and 22 January 2018 the European Ministers of Culture were invited by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, to attend a meeting in Davos. In advance of the Annual Meeting of the WEF they adopted a declaration which highlights pathways for politically and strategically promoting the concept of a high-quality Baukultur in Europe.

New financing mechanisms in international cooperation

18.01.2018 — Media release EDA
The UN estimates that additional funds of USD 2.5 trillion a year will be needed until 2030 to achieve its development goals. On 18 January 2018, a conference in Zürich demonstrated new financing mechanisms, such as ‘Social Impact Bonds’ (SIB).

Presentation of credentials

16.01.2018 — Media release EDA
Berne, 16.l01.2018 - Presentation of the credentials of the newly accredited ambassadors in Switzerland

Federal Council concludes privileges and immunities agreement with Interpeace

15.01.2018 — Media release EDA
On 15 January 2018, an agreement conferring privileges and immunities on Interpeace in Switzerland was signed on behalf of the Federal Council by Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, head of the Directorate of International Law of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and by Matthias Stiefel and Scott Weber in their respective capacities as acting chair and director-general of Interpeace.

Internet Governance Forum 2017, Geneva

29.12.2017 — Article EDA

The Internet Governance Forum is a global, multilateral platform for discussing public policy aspects of the internet.

The conference in December 2017 in Geneva was organised by the UN and Switzerland. This year’s theme was "Shape Your Digital Future".

Aktualisierung des Abkommens über die gegenseitige Anerkennung der Konformitätsbewertungen

22.12.2017 — Media release EDA
Die Schweiz und die Europäische Union (EU) haben am 22. Dezember das Abkommen über die gegenseitige Anerkennung von Konformitätsbewertungen (Mutual Recognition Agreement; MRA) aktualisiert. Mit dieser Anpassung kann der gegenseitige Marktzugang in den Sektoren Medizinprodukte, persönliche Schutzausrüstungen, Gasverbrauchseinrichtungen und Seilbahnen aufrechterhalten werden. Die Änderungen treten ab sofort in Kraft. Mit einer Anpassung im Juli 2017 waren bereits sieben der zwanzig vom MRA abgedeckten Produktbereiche aktualisiert worden.

Good neighbours: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis meets Liechtenstein's Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick for bilateral talks

21.12.2017 — EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met with Aurelia Frick, the foreign minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein, in Bern. The discussion between the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and his Liechtenstein counterpart underscored the high quality of bilateral relations between the two states. The meeting covered bilateral topics including current European policy issues and international challenges.

Switzerland increases its humanitarian presence in Syria

21.12.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has opened a humanitarian office in Damascus to improve access to those in need, and to monitor and coordinate projects more closely. Up to now, Switzerland mainly provided humanitarian aid to people in need through one of its representations in neighbouring countries. The humanitarian effort in connection with the Syria crisis is currently Switzerland's biggest humanitarian operation.

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