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Mr Burkhalter's address to the Security Council has allowed him to explain the priorities of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and speak about cooperation between the regional security organisations and the United Nations.
Location: New York
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, made a working visit to Berlin, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Following Berlin, President Burkhalter travelled on to Paris for an evening meeting with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius in order to brief him on how the Federal Council intends to act following the vote on the mass immigration initiative.
At a joint Council of Europe and OSCE event highlighting the curse of trafficking in human beings, this form of modern day slavery is condemned in the strongest terms.
Conference Assembly; Conference Assembly
Significant progress has been achieved in terms of poverty reduction and human development worldwide over the last decades. However, many groups remain excluded from these positive trends. Exclusion – based on location, gender, race, caste, ethnicity, religion, or disability status – remains a critical development challenge. It is often interrelated with poverty, when certain groups are denied economic opportunities, access to services or political participation. Exclusion impacts the society as a whole, has high economic costs, and may also jeopardize political stability.
Location: SDC Ausserholligen, Freiburgstrasse 130, Bern, Room 2023
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, has attended the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Russia.
Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, discusses with Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, the situation in the country and confirmes the readiness of the OSCE to assist Ukraine in the settlement of the crisis.
President Didier Burkhalter travels to Japan between 3 and 6 February. The visit marks the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the island nation.
State visit; State visit
President Didier Burkhalter was received by the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski for an official presidential visit.
The 44th World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos. President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter opened the international economic gathering with a speech.
On invitation by the Federal Council, the president of the Republic of Korea payed a state visit to Switzerland from 20 to 21 January 2014.
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, is making his first appearance in Vienna as Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE before its Permanent Council.
In mid January the papal nuncio in his capacity as doyen of the diplomatic corps presents his New Year wishes to the President of the Confederation.