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More coordinated emergency humanitarian action

25.06.2021 — Press release Mission Geneva
Finding new ways to respond to challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. This was one of the key issues discussed at the humanitarian affairs segment (HAS) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which was held in Geneva from 23 to 25 June 2021 and was chaired by Switzerland. A resolution to strengthen coordination of humanitarian aid was adopted, sending an important political signal.


Federal Councilor Berset opens the World Health Assembly of the WHO

24.05.2021 — Local news Mission Geneva
Federal Councilor Alain Berset opened the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. In his speech, Alain Berset praised the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and asked the member states to make sustainable investments in a global health protection structure. During their attendance at the Assembly, Federal Councilor Berset and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed a cooperation agreement as part of the WHO BioHub initiative.


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. 


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