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Discussion with Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès

09.11.2021 — Press release EDA
The head of the FDFA, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, met his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmès for a virtual exchange on 9 November 2021. In addition to the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, the exchange focused on Switzerland's relationship with the EU.


International Law Day 2021: resilience of states against major risks

09.11.2021 — Press release EDA
The Directorate of International Law of the FDFA held its annual International Law Day in Bern on 9 November 2021. This year's edition focused on the contribution of international law to the resilience of states and the international community in the face of major risks. A large number of participants attended the event, where they discussed the challenges and opportunities for Switzerland and the international community in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises. State Secretary Livia Leu gave the closing speech.


Switzerland and Holy See celebrate 100 years of renewed diplomatic relations

08.11.2021 — Press release EDA
On the occasion of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met in Bern with the Secretary of State of the Vatican, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin. During the official visit, a joint declaration was signed which aims to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various areas related to peace promotion.


Switzerland reaffirms its support for the United Nations resident coordinator system

08.11.2021 — Press release EDA
Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the FDFA, met with Robert Piper, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination, in Bern on 8 November 2021. She renewed Switzerland's support for the resident coordinator system, which aims to increase the effectiveness of global development.





Ignazio Cassis inaugurates new extension Palais des Nations and opens Geneva Peace Week

01.11.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), was in Geneva today. Alongside UN Geneva's Director-General Tatiana Valovaya and the Geneva authorities, he inaugurated Building H, the new extension of the Palais des Nations. Later in the day, Mr Cassis kicked off the Geneva Peace Week, an event that brings together many international cooperation actors working to promote peace and conflict prevention.


Major General Patrick Gauchat appointed head of United Nations peacekeeping mission UNTSO

29.10.2021 — Press release EDA
On 28 October 2021 UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Major General Patrick Gauchat as Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East. This is the first time a Swiss officer has been given command of a UN peacekeeping mission. The Federal Council was informed of his planned deployment at its meeting on 24 September.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis launches 'On the Road to Lugano' in Kyiv

29.10.2021 — Press release EDA
On his visit to Ukraine, Ignazio Cassis launched preparations for the 2022 Ukraine Reform Conference in Lugano together with Ukraine's prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, on 29 October 2021 in Kyiv. The conference is an opportunity for Switzerland to help establish sustainable dynamics in Ukraine's reform process. The head of the FDFA also met the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba.

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