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From Lugano to London: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis hands over lead for Ukraine Recovery Conference to UK

18.01.2023 — Press release EDA
The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) held in Lugano last July will be resumed in London in 2023. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, in the presence of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's State Secretary, Oleksandr Bankov, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has officially handed over responsibility for preparing the next URC to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Grant Shapps. The head of the FDFA recalled the Lugano Principles and described them as a compass pointing the way to Ukraine's recovery even in dark times.


Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2023

13.01.2023 — Press release EDA
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is once again taking place at its traditional date in January after recent editions were cancelled due to the pandemic in 2021 and postponed to the spring last year. President Alain Berset will open the event together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab, on Tuesday, 17 January.



Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis calls for respect of the UN Charter in the Security Council

12.01.2023 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis took part in a UN Security Council ministerial debate on the rule of law in New York on 12 January. The head of the FDFA recalled that respect for the principles of the UN Charter is pivotal to peace and security in the world. Tomorrow, Mr Cassis will travel on to Washington, where he will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis participates in rule of law debate at the UN Security Council in New York

11.01.2023 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 11 January 2023, the Federal Council was briefed on Switzerland's initial work within the UN Security Council and key upcoming issues. Tomorrow, Thursday 12 January, head of the FDFA Ignazio Cassis will travel to New York to participate in a UN Security Council debate at the invitation of Japan, the current president. This ministerial-level debate will focus on promoting the rule of law among nations.


New Year’s reception

11.01.2023 — Press release EDA
Speech by Alain Berset, head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) at the New Year’s reception for the diplomatic corps. Check against delivery.



Ignazio Cassis advocates climate change mitigation for Pakistan at UN conference

09.01.2023 — Press release EDA
In Geneva today, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis attended the UN conference on flood-stricken Pakistan. In response to the emergency, the Swiss Confederation donated CHF 4 million for humanitarian aid in the summer of 2022 and is helping Pakistan to cope with the refugee situation with a further CHF 6 million. On the margins of the conference, Mr Cassis held various bilateral talks, including with UN Secretary-General António Guterres.


UN Security Council renews cross-border humanitarian aid into Syria

09.01.2023 — Press release EDA
On 9 January 2023, the United Nations Security Council unanimously extended the mandate for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria until 10 July. Switzerland introduced the respective resolution in the Security Council as co-penholder of the Syria humanitarian file. The Council's decision allows humanitarian aid to reach a region in north-west Syria where over four million people are in need of support. Protecting the civilian population in conflicts is one of Switzerland's priorities for its two-year Council membership.


Switzerland took up its work on the UN Security Council

03.01.2023 — Press release EDA
On 1 January, Switzerland became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2023 and 2024. Its seat on the Security Council is an opportunity for Switzerland to make its contribution to peace and security in the world, especially in the current tense global political context.


Global food crisis: Switzerland pledges an additional 14.5 million Swiss francs to UN World Food Programme

28.12.2022 — Press release EDA
Around 350 million people worldwide are currently affected by acute hunger and dependent on food aid. In response to the worsening food crisis, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis has approved additional funding of 14.5 million Swiss francs for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This increases Switzerland's 2022 contribution to the WFP to over 100 million.


Switzerland continues winter aid deliveries to Ukraine

23.12.2022 — Press release EDA
The harsh winter is posing a severe threat to millions of Ukrainians. Many are without electricity and heating due to targeted attacks on the country's energy infrastructure. Switzerland is organising its next consignment of humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian population, with 40 heaters and an equal number of generators. The lorries loaded with this equipment left for Ukraine today.

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