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Trust in AI

16.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us and is rapidly transforming our livelihoods and the environment in fundamental ways. Building trust in AI has therefore become a key concern for policymakers, industry and science. The international conference AI with Trust will take place in Geneva on 16–17 May to explore the interplay between legislation, standardisation and conformity assessment.


Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová to pay state visit to Switzerland

13.05.2022 — Press release EDA
President Zuzana Čaputová of Slovakia will pay a state visit to Switzerland next week. Switzerland and the Slovak Republic share many similarities and enjoy a close relationship. President Čaputová is the first Slovak head of state to visit Switzerland and will be received with full military honours. The Federal Council hopes that the visit will further strengthen ties between the two countries.


2022 Joint Statement by Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission Member States

12.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Representatives of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, Member States of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) in Korea, met in Stockholm on 12-13, 2022 for their annual consultations. Discussions focused on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the activities of the NNSC. The representatives also evaluated the operational tasks of the NNSC and reaffirmed their long-term commitment to contribute to a permanent peace solution on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the NNSC Member States exchanged views with representatives of several Stockholm-based institutions over the situation on the Korean Peninsula and on the work of NNSC.


Switzerland renews support for Syria, pledging CHF 60 million for 2022

10.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland has pledged to contribute CHF 60 million in 2022 to support the people of Syria and the surrounding region, whose humanitarian needs are greater than ever 11 years after the start of the conflict. Switzerland announced this amount on 10 May 2022 at the 6th Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.


Swiss president meets with Pope and Swiss Guard and presents site of new Swiss embassy

06.05.2022 — Press release EDA
In Rome for the swearing-in of the new Swiss Guard, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis met today with Pope Francis and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican's secretary for relations with states. The talks focused on the historic bilateral relations between the two states, which have recently been further strengthened by the Federal Council's decision to establish a new Swiss embassy to the Holy See.


Federal Council adopts second country report on implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

04.05.2022 — Press release EDA
On 4 May, the Federal Council adopted the second country report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thanks to its competitiveness, high level of education and highly developed healthcare system and infrastructure, Switzerland is well prepared to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Still, the second country report indicates that further steps are needed, particularly as regards Switzerland's priority areas: sustainable consumption and production, climate, energy and biodiversity, and equal opportunities and social cohesion. Aside from the federal government, contributions to the report came from the cantons and communes, flanked by numerous actors from the business world, the scientific community, and civil society. The report will be officially presented at the UN in July 2022.


Swiss president visits the Vatican to meet the Pope and attend swearing-in of Swiss Guard

02.05.2022 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis will travel to the Vatican on 6 May 2022, where he will take part in the swearing-in of the new Swiss Guard and meet Pope Francis and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states. The Swiss president's visit will also be an opportunity to present the new Swiss embassy to the Holy See.


Council of Europe delegations review Swiss measures to protect minority languages and national minorities

02.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Two Council of Europe delegations will visit Switzerland from 2 to 6 May 2022 to review the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The meetings will focus on the situation of Swiss communities recognised as national minorities, i.e. national linguistic minorities, Yenish, Sinti and Manouches, as well as members of the Jewish community. Topics will also include language policy, in particular efforts to promote Italian and Romansh, as well as the challenges that Switzerland's multilingual cantons are facing.


Zurich – Lugano – Milano: trip of Switzerland's President Ignazio Cassis champions sustainable innovation

29.04.2022 — Press release EDA
Today, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis, accompanied by authorities from Zurich and Ticino, launched Innovation Day, which spotlighted the network of innovation within Switzerland and beyond its borders as part of a train trip. Pursuing the axis of Zurich, Ticino and Milan, he visited Innovation Park in Dübendorf and Tecnopolo Ticino in Manno. At the end of the trip, the president was received at House of Switzerland Milano for its inauguration. There, he had an exchange with Italy's foreign minister, Luigi di Maio, and minister for technological innovation, Vittorio Colao.


Delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe visits Glarus, Bern and Fribourg

28.04.2022 — Press release EDA
A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will be in Switzerland from 30 April to 3 May 2022. The aim of the visit by Congress President Leendert Verbeek is to present Swiss federalism in situ to the Strasbourg institution. David Eray, the president of the Cantonal Council of Jura and head of the Swiss delegation to the Congress, along with various representatives of the FDFA, will accompany the delegation. In addition to attending the Landsgemeinde in Glarus, the programme will include meetings with FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu, the mayor of Bern, Alec von Graffenried, the Conference of Cantonal Governments, the Swiss Union of Cities and the Association of Swiss Communes.


Switzerland and the UK deepen partnership

28.04.2022 — Press release EDA
On Thursday, 28 April, President Ignazio Cassis met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in London. President Cassis was also invited to pay a courtesy visit to Queen Elizabeth II. Switzerland and the United Kingdom signed a joint declaration on the further development of their bilateral partnership and agreed to deepen cooperation in the field of science. They confirmed the launch of exploratory talks to modernise the existing trade agreement. Key topics of discussion included Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and its consequences, as well as Switzerland's and the UK's relations with the European Union.


Switzerland to represent Liechtenstein consular interests at four new locations

26.04.2022 — Press release EDA
From 1 May 2022, Switzerland will also represent the consular interests of the Principality of Liechtenstein at selected locations where Liechtenstein itself operates a representation. This is another sign of the close relations that exist between the two countries. On 18 March 2022, the Federal Council gave its approval for the conclusion of an agreement with Liechtenstein.

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