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Switzerland steps up humanitarian aid to Gaza

Bern, 31.07.2014 - Faced with the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, Switzerland is increasing its humanitarian funding to CHF 1.7 million. This sum has been earmarked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN.

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Suisse: pluies torrentielles et glissements de terrain

07/29/2014 09:52 GMT

GENÈVE, 29 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Des pluies torrentielles se sont abattues dans la nuit de lundi à mardi sur la Suisse, notamment dans le centre du pays et le sud, provoquant des glissements de terrains au nord et au centre du pays.

Certaines régions de la Suisse connaissent ainsi leur mois de juillet le plus humide depuis 1930.

Selon un communiqué de la police du canton de Berne publié mardi, plusieurs corps de pompiers ont à nouveau été mobilisés dans le nuit de lundi à mardi.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Switzerland commits a further CHF 500,000 to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 23.07.2014 - The SDC is allocating CHF 500,000 to support Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-Suisse) in its work to combat the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This further contribution to MSF-Suisse is in addition to the annual amount the SDC gives to it and also to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Switzerland ramps up humanitarian aid as conflict escalates in Gaza

Bern, 18.07.2014 - Switzerland has decided to increase its financial aid in order to help provide medicines for use in surgical operations and for emergency medical care, as well as for psychological support for conflict victims in the Gaza Strip. In view of the worsening violence across the entire Palestinian territory including the Gaza Strip, Switzerland calls on the parties to institute a ceasefire immediately.

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Switzerland allocates CHF 15 million to flood-damaged Western Balkans

Bern, 16.07.2014 - In an effort to help alleviate the massive damage caused by the extreme flooding that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in May this year, Switzerland has pledged approximately CHF 15 million at an international donor conference. The European Commission, France and Slovenia invited the international community to attend the donor conference in Brussels on 16 July.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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World + 26 others
2013 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

United Nations increases health spending in 2013

COPENHAGEN, 10 July 2014 – The value of procurement of goods and services by the United Nations was $16.1 billion in 2013, with the largest sums spent on pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, medical equipment, transportation, construction and food.
These highlights are part of the latest Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement, which provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the UN system in support of its operations.

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Mozambique + 1 other
Swiss humanitarian demining success in Mozambique

Bern, 27.06.2014 - Switzerland contributed significantly to demining the province of Maputo, Mozambique, declared "free of mines" on 21 March 2014. This success will allow the inhabitants of the decontaminated zones to return to work in their fields without fear. At the same time it was taking action in the field, Switzerland also took part in the Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines in Maputo from 23 to 27 June 2014.

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World + 1 other
SDC interventions on behalf of refugees and internally displaced persons


To prevent and manage crises, conflicts, and disasters is one of SDC’s strategic goals. The SDC supports refugees and internally displaced persons in various ways. It dispatches experts on the ground, carries out its own projects and contributes financial support to NGOs and international humanitarian agencies. Three-quarters of refugees are concentrated in developing countries which do not have sufficient capacities to offer effective protection to large numbers of persons.

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World + 1 other
« Petits esclaves recherchés »

« Recherchons petites filles… », c’est ainsi que débutent les différentes annonces d’emplois fort dérangeantes parues hier et aujourd’hui dans la presse suisse, sur Internet ainsi que dans différents espaces publics à travers le pays. De telles annonces n’existent pas, pourtant les situations qu’elles décrivent sont bien réelles. En ce 12 juin, Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants, Terre des hommes (Tdh) lance sa campagne nationale pour mettre fin au travail forcé.

Et si c’était votre propre enfant ?

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World + 1 other
Little Slaves Needed

“Little girls needed…” this is how these disturbing job announcements begin that appeared yesterday and today in the Swiss press, on the Internet as well as in different public areas across the country. Such job announcements do not exist, however, the situations they describe are real. On June 12th, the World Day Against Child Labour, Terre des homes (Tdh) launched its national campaign to end forced labour.

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Switzerland sends more experts to flooded areas of Serbia and of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bern, 25.05.2014 - To help deal with the consequences of the devastating floods in the Balkans, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has deployed additional experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to the affected regions. Moreover, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has allocated an additional CHF 300,000 for immediate action.

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Switzerland responds to flooding in the Balkans

Swiss Humanitarian Aid has allocated CHF 500,000 to assist those affected by the floods. Eight Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) experts left Switzerland on 20 May 2014 on deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia.

A million Bosnians – one quarter of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina – are thought to have been affected by the torrential rainfall and flooding in the Balkans. In response to the situation, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to allocate CHF 500,000 to help the victims.

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South Sudan + 4 others
Switzerland commits an additional CHF 4.5 million for South Sudan

Bern, 20.05.2014 - Switzerland has allocated an additional CHF 4.5 million for the victims of the crisis in South Sudan. This was announced on Tuesday at a conference of donor countries held in Oslo. Switzerland’s overall financial commitment to humanitarian aid for this country in the Horn of Africa will amount to CHF 18 million in 2014.

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World + 13 others
Risk governance and financing key to HFA2

BEIJING, 13 May 2014 – China has signaled its support for stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as momentum builds to develop the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs in China, Ms. Jiang Li, welcomed 300 disaster policymakers, experts and managers to the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, in Beijing, which highlighted the need to strengthen integrated governance and international financing mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.

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World + 1 other
Switzerland steps up its commitment to the world's poorest countries

Switzerland is to continue its support for the poorest developing countries as part of its International Cooperation. The Federal Council decided on 30 April 2014 to allocate an additional CHF 1.32 billion between the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the African Development Fund (ADF). Part of these funds will be used for debt reduction measures.

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Mali + 1 other
Switzerland and EU sign an agreement on participation in EUTM Mali

Bern, 28.04.2014 - Today, Switzerland and the European Union have signed an agreement on Switzerland’s participation in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). The agreement will enable Switzerland to support EUTM Mali with civilian expertise.

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Le PAM apprécie la réponse des donateurs à l'appel des victimes de la faim en RDC

KINSHASA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) tient à remercier les donateurs qui ont récemment mobilisé plus de 48 millions de dollars américains pour l’assistance alimentaire en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ces fonds proviennent de la Banque africaine pour le développement, la France, l’Irlande, le Japon, l’Arabie Saoudite, la Corée du Sud, la Suède, la Suisse, la Turquie, et les Etats-Unis.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.