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Shown at Jurong Regional Library on 2 February 2018 at 4pm
Location: Jurong Regional Library, Singapore
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Switzerland’s presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2017-18, the Embassies of Switzerland and Israel are pleased to present the photo exhibition: The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors. The exhibition features 14 moving portraits of Swiss Holocaust Survivors. It gives a say to the last witnesses of the Holocaust and their descendants. Each unique portrait touchingly individualizes the history of the Holocaust and preserves it for future generations. The portrayed individuals stand for all those people who survived the Holocaust and have found a new home in Switzerland.
Location: Jurong National Library Singapore
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman travelled to Switzerland on 18th December 2017 for an official visit. He met up with his Swiss counterpart, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. This trip rounded up a series of high level meetings held on the occasion of the celebrations of the 50 years diplomatic relations between Singapore and Switzerland.
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights. Continued human rights violations and abuses all over the world
Bern, 23.10.2017 - The international community came together in Geneva today to mobilise funds for the Rohingya. Since August this year, more than half a million people have been forced to flee violence in Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Given the extent of this humanitarian crisis, Switzerland has decided to increase its financial contribution to CHF 8 million. Switzerland reiterates its call upon the government of Myanmar to respect international law and, in particular, to protect human rights and also calls for the perpetrators of violations to be brought to justice.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
On 11th October 1967, Switzerland and Singapore established diplomatic relations. To celebrate this fruitful relationship of 50 years, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a video highlighting various milestones of our relations.
This masterclass is part of the Swiss Embassy’s effort to promote the Swiss system of vocational education and training in Singapore and to bring closer the Swiss companies and local partners from the government, the schools and the industry.Organized jointly with Nanyang Polytechnic and the Swiss Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training, it seeks to raise awareness of the benefits and methodology of implementation of “on-the-job training” (OJT) approaches. Swiss and local experts from different industry sectors will share valuable insights and challenges, best practices in embracing OJT at the workplace, and how such practices can enhance business competitiveness and innovations in their respective industry. It also aims to inspire workplace excellence creating a culture of lifelong learning in the companies.It is designed in particular for practitioners as well as human resources, organizational development, training and operational matters professionals.
Location: Nanyang Polytechnic, Blk D1, Level 3, Lecture Theatre 2 (TBC)
United for a world without the death penaltyToday, on this World Day against the Death Penalty, we reaffirm our commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.On the positive side, we have been witnessing a worldwide trend towards restricting and abolishing the death penalty for decades. Of the 193 UN member states, only 36, or just under 20%, still apply the death penalty. Whereas the death penalty was still the rule in the 1980s, today it is the exception. This cruel form of punishment is now almost banished from Europe – with one exception. It is time for Belarus to also cease executions and free all of Europe from the death penalty – forever.We note with concern, however, that some countries in the world are seriously discussing the reintroduction of the death penalty and that executions are being resumed in other countries after longstanding moratoriums. This is contrary to the global trend and to some extent contravenes international law. We call on all states to comply with their international obligations and respect the spirit of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which provides for a progressive abolition of the death penalty.Many people in this world still live in states where they face the threat of the death penalty. They run the risk of being arbitrarily or even falsely sentenced to death and executed. It is often poor people who are punished with death because they lack the means to defend themselves effectively against accusations. With the theme 'Poverty and justice – a deadly mix' we draw attention to this injustice on this World Day against the Death Penalty. Members of ethnic, religious or sexual minorities are also more likely to be victims of the death penalty. In resolutions that we have recently adopted in the UN Human Rights Council, we call on states that have not yet abolished the death penalty to eliminate discrimination and inequality of treatment through the death penalty and not to apply capital punishment under any circumstances to persons who were minors at the time of their offence, persons with mental or intellectual disabilities, or pregnant women.Irrespective of whether it is applied in a discriminatory manner, whether it is applied to convicted persons who are actually innocent, and whether it is used to eliminate political opponents or not – the death penalty is incompatible with our understanding of human rights. Our national laws prohibit the death penalty. In ratifying the relevant additional protocols to the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, we have committed ourselves internationally to never again impose or enforce the death penalty. 85 states have taken the same path and committed themselves to abolishing the death penalty in the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Whoever thinks that the death penalty is a means of combating violence, crime and terrorism, we oppose that view as follows: scientific studies show that neither criminals nor terrorists can be deterred by the death penalty. Instead of preventing violence, the death penalty creates even more violence. It may satisfy the desire for retribution, but in no way does it make amends for the loss suffered by the victims of crime and their families. The death penalty exacerbates the problems rather than solving them.We are committed to ensuring that the dignity and human rights of each individual human being are protected, not only in our own countries, not just in Europe, but throughout the world. In our view, the death penalty is symbolic of the countless violations of human rights in today's world. The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.In dialogue with the countries concerned, we will work to ensure that the death penalty is restricted and abolished. Achieving a universal moratorium would be an important step towards that goal. We will continue to raise the issue of the death penalty in multilateral forums and promote global and regional initiatives for its abolition. We give recognition to and support the efforts of committed women and men from civil society, politics, justice, science and culture around the world. Together we will strive for a world without the death penalty.The foreign ministers of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Do you wish to learn more about social robotics avant-garde research ? Join us for an exclusive workshop organized jointly by the Swiss Embassy and Swiss Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, Director of the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University, in the frame of the HUMAN+ exhibition held at the ArtScience Museum. Prof. Magnenat Thalmann, will present Nadine, one of the most realistic female humanoid social robots in the world. Made in Singapore, Nadine was created by and modelled on Prof. Magnenat Thalman, she is a cutting edge example of current research into assistive technologies that are being developed for people with special needs. She can be a companion who assists people who need extra support. She can read stories, show images, begin Skype sessions, send emails, and communicate with a user’s family.Tuesday 10 October 2018, 5pm – 6.45pm (registrations from 4.45pm onwards, RSVP by 26 September to email@example.com)
Location: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
This fall, visitors will have the opportunity to discover Mario Del Curto’s unique view on the role of plants in today’s world in the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. It will be on display from 2 October to 12 November.
Location: Colonnade, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, Study in Europe will showcase Europe’s excellence in higher education and research. The fair will provide students the opportunity to receive comprehensive information on a great variety of world-class degree programs, advanced research facilities and an intriguing diversity of cultures, languages and societies. The Embassy of Switzerland will be representing the Swiss public institutes of higher education by providing detailed information on study programs of the various universities and giving general insights on living in Switzerland.Date: Saturday 30 SeptemberTiming: 10am – 5pmVenue: Suntec Convention and Exhibition CentreThe entrance is free.
Location: Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore
Join us for a talk by Prof. Dr. Claude Nicollier, the one and only Swiss Astronaut. During the 1990’s, Claude Nicollier flew on four Space Shuttle missions and has logged more than 1000 hours in space, including a spacewalk of more than 8 hours to install new equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope on STS-103. He retired from the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2007, and is currently a member of the Swiss Space Center and an honorary professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne or EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) where he teaches a course on “Space Mission Design and Operations”. From 2007 to 2016, he was involved in the «Solar Impulse» project and was responsible for its test flights. Claude Nicollier is a recipient of Honorary Doctorates from EPFL, and the Universities of Geneva and Basel.RSVP by 19 September to firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: ITE College Central, Enterprise Development Centre, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720