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President Berset attending food security summit in Kyiv and meeting President Zelenskyy

25.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
President Alain Berset travelled to Kyiv to attend the International Summit on Food Security on Saturday, 25 November, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In addition to the impact of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on global food security, the talks focused on bilateral relations and Switzerland's long-term solidarity with Ukraine as well as the Ukrainian peace formula. Summit participants also commemorated the millions of victims in Ukraine who starved to death during the Holodomor caused by the Soviet leadership 90 years ago.

War in Ukraine: Switzerland calls for special tribunal

16.11.2023 — Press releases EDA
Switzerland has pledged its support for the establishment of a special tribunal to address the crime of aggression against Ukraine. This commitment was announced today in Berlin, where Switzerland confirmed its membership in the core group of nations advocating for such a tribunal. Switzerland is firmly convinced that the aggression against Ukraine must not go unpunished.

No lifting of protection status S

01.11.2023 — Press releases Europa
The situation in Ukraine is not expected to change in the foreseeable future. The Federal Council therefore decided at its meeting on 1 November not to lift the protection status S for Ukrainian refugees before 4 March 2025. For the first time, it has also defined a target for labour market integration: By the end of 2024, 40 per cent of persons capable of employment with protection status S should be in work.

Switzerland invested more than EUR 16 million over the last 9 years in strengthening Zhytomyr energy efficiency

31.10.2023 — Local news Ukraine
On 26 October 2023, representatives of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine, Zhytomyr City Council and Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine summed up the results of the Zhytomyr Energy Efficiency Project, which was implemented with the financial support of Switzerland. The final meeting of the Steering Committee took place in Zhytomyr City. 

Peace formula: Switzerland at meeting in Malta for national security advisers on Ukraine

28.10.2023 — Press releases EDA
Switzerland underscored its continuing support for the peace process in Ukraine at the national security advisers' meeting in Malta. The conference, which was attended by Swiss ambassador Gabriel Lüchinger, included 90 states from all continents and the EU, and focused on the principles and implementation of the peace plan set out by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Finding and identifying missing persons is essential to rebuilding countries

27.10.2023 — Local news Ukraine
As part of its peace policy, Switzerland is committed to identifying and finding missing persons. The missing persons programmes run by the FDFA's Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD) prioritise Ukraine, the Caucasus, Kosovo and the Middle East. Switzerland also supports the ICRC's Central Tracing Agency – a cornerstone of the Swiss humanitarian tradition – and co-founded the Global Alliance for the Missing.

Ignazio Cassis to attend donor conference on humanitarian demining in Zagreb

10.10.2023 — Press releases EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has confirmed he will attend the upcoming donors' conference on humanitarian demining in Ukraine, to be held on 11 and 12 October in Zagreb. It is also an opportunity for the Swiss Foreign Minister to invite participants to the next edition of this conference, to be held in Geneva in October 2024.

Switzerland prioritises humanitarian demining in Ukraine

29.09.2023 — Press releases EDA
On 29 September 2023, the Federal Council approved a CHF 100 million package to demine civilian and agricultural areas in Ukraine and aid the country's recovery. The funding will be provided in equal shares by the Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport (DDPS) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In this way, Switzerland is offering its expertise to help tackle this enormous humanitarian challenge.

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