Ambassador to the US Urs Ziswiler of Switzerland

During a September interview, Swiss Ambassador Urs Ziswiler discussed the effects of the process on trade and tourism as well as the US.
Ziswiler said that business travelers, tourists and others could be inconvenienced by the measure, which is officially called the Approved Electronic System Travel Authorization, or ESTA.
Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of postings in Bern and abroad, including positions in Canada, the Bahamas, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Argentina, Israel, Congo, Nigeria, and Norway.
Swiss Ambassador Urs Ziswiler received the prestigious Patronage Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Urs Ziswiler has been Swiss Ambassador to the United States since May 2006.
Ambassador Urs Ziswiler came in second.
Welcoming Avraham Burg, Tsvia Walden, Yasser Abed Rabbo and Walid Salem as well as other Palestinians and Israelis, Swiss Ambassador Urs Ziswiler described the Geneva Initiative as ‘a taboo-breaking proposal.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1979, Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of diplomatic postings both in Bern and abroad.
since May 2006, Ziswiler said that Thomas Jefferson referred to the Swiss Charter of 1291 when composing the Declaration of Independence.
In turn, Ziswiler said that in the 19th century, when European nations adopted liberal constitutions, the Swiss followed the US.
Ziswiler said the culturally diverse Swiss nation is a small country that needs a global economy to survive.
Global warming is a problem that doesn¹t stop at a country's border, Ziswiler said as climate change is not just an environmental problem since it impacts economic security and public health.
Ziswiler said the solution to climate change requires joint action by developed and developing countries without doing damage to their countries' economies.
Mass transportation is a way the Swiss conserve energy, and Ziswiler said Switzerland is the world champion in train travel.
Ziswiler said Switzerland ranked No.
In regards to immigration, Ziswiler said like citizens in other countries, we tend to forget immigrants add to a country's culture and economy.
Ziswiler said Switzerland would not be the country it is today without immigration or migration.
Ziswiler said that 21 percent of the Swiss population have foreign passports, and when he related that to George W.
exploited to win elections, but the Swiss have rejected these populist tendencies.
Ziswiler said Switzerland is a European Union holdout because of its democratic system, its tradition of neutrality and its desire to maintaining a high standard of living.
Ziswiler said the Swiss have engaged in trade more than other countries from the textile industry in the 18th century to pharmaceutical industry in the 21st century.
Ziswiler said Switzerland is the seventh biggest investor in the United States; there are 500 Swiss companies in the United States that generate 500,000 jobs; and there are 650 US.
Illinois is part of the activities in Switzerland, Ziswiler said with $300 million in exports from Illinois in 2007 compared to $179 million in 2005 from Illinois.
Ziswiler said that politically, our relationship with the US.
Ziswiler said there are interconnections of our economies and nations in a new world.
Ziswiler described the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum as beautiful and educational museum.
Ziswiler said he did not expect any great changes for Switzerland after the US presidential election, adding that despite a few minor problems with Washington, Switzerland enjoyed an "excellent" reputation there.
Before his nomination to the post in Washington, Ziswiler was head of the Swiss foreign ministry's political division IV, which deals with human rights and humanitarian policies.
Ziswiler has held several posts abroad, including as Swiss ambassador to Canada and the Bahamas, with residence in Ottawa (1999-2004.
A citizen of Muri in canton Lucerne, Ziswiler is married with two children.
With no time to lose, Ambassador Ziswiler was then whisked off for a goodwill- meeting with MIT Chancellor Phillip Clay, and enjoyed a leisurely tour of the MIT campus.
diplomatic postings both in Bern and abroad.
Ambassador Ziswiler is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian and has a basic knowledge of Arabic.
In 1979, Urs Ziswiler joined the Swiss Foreign Service, which sent him and his wife to posts in Canada, the Bahamas, the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Argentina, Israel, the Congo, Belgium, Nigeria and Norway, among other places, before coming to Washington.
Ronit Ziswiler has fallen in love with one in particular: the airy grand salon.
Ziswiler says that despite the salons grandeur, its earthy toneswarm reds, chocolate browns, and soft taupesmake it cozy and soothing.
Urs Ziswiler was appointed ambassador of Switzerland to the United States on March 25, 2006.
Since joining the Swiss Foreign Service in 1979, Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of postings both in Bern, Switzerland, and abroad, including ambassador to Canada and the Bahamas (1999-2004), charg daffaires for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993), as well as deputy chief of mission of the Swiss embassies in Buenos Aires (1994-95), Tel Aviv (1988-90), Kinshasa, Lagos and Oslo (1980-85.