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Published on 28 December 2022

President of the Swiss Confederation

Speeches

16 June 2024

Closing address by President Viola Amherd at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine

Closing address by President Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, Bürgenstock, Sunday, 16 June 2024.

15 June 2024

Opening address by President Viola Amherd at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine

Opening address by President Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, Bürgenstock, Saturday, 15 June 2024.

5 May 2024

Europe Day

Message from President Viola Amherd to mark Europe Day, Sunday, 5 May 2024.

Media releases

2 July 2024

“D-A-CH” meeting on the security policy situation

President Viola Amherd, head of the DDPS, is attending the annual high-level meeting of the defence ministers of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The meeting takes place on 2 and 3 July in Vienna.

16 June 2024

States at Summit on Peace in Ukraine agree on common positions and next steps

At the close of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine on Sunday, 16 June, the vast majority of participating states agreed on jointly formulated positions and next steps with a view to a future peace process. President Viola Amherd commended the joint communiqué that emerged from the Bürgenstock summit as a strong signal from the international community for peace based on international law and the UN Charter. 92 states from all regions of the world took part in the summit, 57 of which were represented by heads of state and government.

14 June 2024

Switzerland receives 100 state guests for Summit on Peace in Ukraine

President Viola Amherd will open the summit on peace in Ukraine on Saturday, 15 June. 100 delegations will attend the summit, including 57 heads of state and government from around the world. The aim of the summit is to initiate a peace process, generate trust and outline ideas for the next steps towards such a process. All states present should be given the opportunity to put forward their visions for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

Interviews and news