Senior officials from Switzerland's Federal Department of Finance, the Swiss National Bank and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) met today for an inaugural financial dialogue. The delegations exchanged views on global economic and financial market developments, financial market policies, as well as on international and domestic regulatory reforms under way.
On Monday 27 April, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will take part in the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York, at which he will reiterate Switzerland's commitment to the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to their elimination. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will then fly directly to Belgrade to attend a meeting of the Troika of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are organising the fourth and final meeting of states in Geneva on 23-24 April 2015 within their joint initiative on strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law. The meeting was opened by the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, and the president of the ICRC, Peter Maurer. Mr Burkhalter emphasised that better compliance with international humanitarian law is not only a matter of respecting the law but also serves moral objectives and strategic interests. The results of the diplomatic process, together with concrete recommendations, will be presented in a concluding report to the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent taking place in December 2015.
Geneva, 23.04.2015 – Opening address by the Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter at the fourth Meeting of States on strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law - Check against delivery