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01 Jul 2015 description

The approval on 1st July by the Swiss Federal Council of funding to UNDP and UNCDF of CHF 180 million for the next three years will help us do more to help end poverty, reduce inequalities in human development and to move to a path of sustainable development. It builds on years of Swiss support for the work UNDP does throughout the world in more than 170 countries and territories.

25 Jun 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 19:29 GMT

Switzerland on Thursday authorised the extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric to Bosnia rather than Serbia, which had issued the war crimes warrant for his arrest.

Oric, who led Muslim forces in Bosnia's east during its 1992-1995 civil war, was arrested on June 10 in Geneva, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity against ethnic Serbs during the conflict.

25 Jun 2015 description

The day after the deadly earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, Swiss Humanitarian Aid responded by sending a team of seven experts to assess the country’s emergency aid requirements. Two priorities were identified: distributing first-aid equipment and providing medical care for mothers and children. The SDC, which includes Swiss Humanitarian Aid, is currently supporting the Nepalese authorities in their efforts to plan out the reconstruction work.

Members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid team surrounded by children.

19 Jun 2015 description
report Refugee Council

The Prime Minister has announced that he will 'modestly expand' Britain’s special resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.

According to media reports, Government sources have indicated that Britain will resettle ‘a few hundred more’ people but the total will not exceed 1,000.

The British Government had previously committed to resettling ‘several hundred’ Syrian refugees over a three year period, with just 187 people having arrived in Britain so far.

19 Jun 2015 description

La Suisse vient de signer un contrat de contribution avec les Conseils régionaux de Mopti, Tombouctou et l’ONG OXFAM. Ce soutient permettra de renforcer la gouvernance au sein de ces régions ainsi que la société civile dans son rôle de contrepouvoir.

19 Jun 2015 description

The ICRC is one of the main international organisations currently active in Syria, responding to humanitarian needs identified on the ground. It is one of the SDC's key partners. Syria currently has the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world, not to mention the millions of refugees who have crossed the border. Interview with Robert Mardini, the ICRC's regional director for the Middle East.

27 May 2015 description

The Government of Switzerland continues to support the UNHRD Network and has recently provided US$250,000 for global operations in 2015. This generous contribution will allow UNHRD to better serve the humanitarian community, by helping improve operational effectiveness in the six depots and diversifying the services offered to UNHRD’s 67 Partners.

16 May 2015 description
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The SDC’s response to the Ukraine crisis

On 15 May 2015 Switzerland sent a convoy carrying 300 tonnes of chemical water treatment products to eastern Ukraine to supply approximately 3.5 million people in need in the Donetsk region with clean drinking water. This is the first humanitarian convoy of its size to have crossed the contact line between the government-controlled area and that under the control of non-government forces since the armed conflict began in the region. The convoy is being accompanied by Manuel Bessler, the Federal Council Delegate for Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

11 May 2015 description

Bern, 08.05.2015 - In view of the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is making CHF 2 Million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At the same time it calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to ensure the protection of civilians, to engage in dialogue to seek a political solution to the conflict and to cease hostilities.

06 May 2015 description

Bern, Media release, 01.05.2015

38 tonnes of relief supplies will be sent from Zurich to Nepal as soon as landing permission is granted by the Nepalese authorities. As well as large tents and tarpaulins for the construction of emergency shelters in higher altitude regions the material includes water-treatment and medical supplies. This material is urgently needed according to the assessment of the Swiss rapid response team that has been in the disaster-stricken area since 26 April.

29 Apr 2015 description

Bern, 28.04.2015 - On the evening of 28 April 2015, a 10-strong medical team will fly to Nepal as part of the “Mother and Child” unit to provide medical support in the disaster area for women in childbirth and to perform surgery on children there. The deployment of the team of doctors by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit is the first response measure to be taken following an initial assessment of the situation by the rapid response team sent to the region on 26 April 2015 in the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Himalayas.

27 Apr 2015 description

Bern, Media release, 26.04.2015

To assess the situation after the devastating earthquake that struck the Himalayan region, Switzerland dispatched a team of specialists to Nepal on the morning of 26 April 2015. Working under the coordination of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, the team includes a doctor, a structural engineer, a logistics specialist and a water expert, and will set up initial emergency assistance.

22 Apr 2015 description

Afin d’assurer la sécurité alimentaire et réduire la pauvreté, les collectivités des zones de Youwarou, Tenenkou, Mopti et Niafunké réalisent des projets de soutien aux filières agricoles porteuses.

17 Apr 2015 description

La Suisse et le Mali viennent de signer un accord de financement d’un montant de 5, 5 milliards de FCFA (CHF 8 millions) en vue de promouvoir une gouvernance locale inclusive et le renforcement de la société civile dans son rôle de veille citoyenne. L’appui bénéficiera aux régions de Mopti et de Tombouctou. Depuis 15 ans, la DDC soutient la gouvernance et la décentralisation dans la région de Sikasso, au sud du pays.

15 Apr 2015 description

In Sri Lanka, Switzerland is supporting the reconstruction of homes and villages that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004 and the civil war that ended in 2009. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter has visited Akkarai, a village in Jaffna in the north of the country.

19 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP Yemen needs to urgently mobilize resources for the safety nets. Unless new contributions are ensured, serious pipeline breaks will start to affect this activity in July.

  • In January, WFP reached 759,440 beneficiaries including conflict-affected populations, malnourished children and nursing mothers, refugees and stranded migrants.

Situation Update

15 Mar 2015 description

Un proyecto de cupones por activos, financiado por la cooperación suiza y la italiana, ha ayudado a fortalecer los lazos entre los residentes de la comunidad de Entre Ríos –en su mayoría madres solteras, ancianos y personas con discapacidad—y a revivir una práctica ancestral llamada “tornavuelta”, que ayuda al cuidado de los huertos familiares. Unas 1,000 familias se benefician del proyecto.