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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.
The first simulation is hold to coincide with the official opening of the Swiss Chairmanship. The Youth Ambassadors kicked-off negotiations on their Youth Action Plan and discussed topics they believe should be covered by an OSCE Youth Action Plan.
The FDFA has invited 26 young Colombian sportspeople to train in their sport with Swiss experts. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter met the young athletes in Neuchâtel.
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the FDFA, took part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in New Delhi, India.
Location: New Dehli