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Mali + 1 other
La Suisse soutient la reconstruction des bureaux du Conseil Régional, de la mairie et des écoles à Tombouctou

Grâce à son programme d’appui à la relance socio-économique, la Direction du développement et de la coopération DDC vient de contribuer à remettre en état infrastructures administratives et écoles à Tombouctou.

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Guinea + 3 others
La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

Berne, 12.09.2014 - La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. L’Aide humanitaire de la Confédération a débloqué un montant supplémentaire de deux millions de francs pour financer diverses actions directes dans la zone frappée par l’épidémie.

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Liberia + 1 other
Switzerland steps up response to Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 12.09.2014 - Switzerland is stepping up its aid in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is pledging an additional CHF 2 million to fund various direct measures in Liberia.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Quality apprenticeships for disadvantaged populations

The SDC is committed to developing quality vocational training that is adapted to the market in Myanmar. With this aim in mind, Swiss experts from the hotel industry have become involved. Apprenticeships for disadvantaged groups are funded in the capital and in the south-east of the country.

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Liberia + 1 other
Switzerland steps up aid to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 01.09.2014 - Switzerland is stepping up its aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has committed an additional CHF 1 million to fund various direct operations in Liberia. A specially chartered plane will leave on Monday with 14 tonnes of medical supplies on board. In addition, the agreement between Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) has been activated. Two specialists will leave Switzerland on Monday on a mission to assess the needs on the ground.

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Liberia + 1 other
La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. L’Aide humanitaire de la Confédération a débloqué un montant supplémentaire d’un million de francs pour financer diverses actions directes au Libéria. Un avion charter décollera ainsi ce lundi avec 14 tonnes de matériel médical. Par ailleurs, la Convention liant l’Aide humanitaire aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève (HUG) a été activée. Deux experts doivent quitter la Suisse ce lundi pour une mission d’évaluation des besoins sur le terrain.

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Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip 27.08.2014

Facts and figures

2101 Palestinians killed (with at least 1460 civilians) and 10224 wounded

67 Israelis killed (3 civilians)

244 schools and 17000 homes destroyed or damaged

On 1 August 2014, the UN called for USD 369 million in relief to meet emergency needs just in Gaza (source: OCHA /26.08.2014)

The SDC's commitment

Amount allocated to the crisis: CHF 3.65 million

Sectors:
Medical care
Emergency relief
Respect for international humanitarian law

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World + 1 other
International humanitarian law – 150 years of fighting for more humanity in war

Bern, 22.08.2014 - The first Geneva Convention was signed on this date 150 years ago, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, and even now there are countless victims of war crimes. This has prompted Switzerland to join forces with the International Committee of the Red Cross to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening international humanitarian law.

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World + 1 other
150 ans d’engagement humanitaire de la Suisse

Signée il y a 150 ans, la première Convention de Genève est l'acte de naissance du droit international humanitaire qui fait foi lors de conflits armés. Dans le respect de sa tradition humanitaire, la Suisse défend les victimes et s'emploie à faire respecter et développer le droit international humanitaire. Ce webdossier donne une vision d'ensemble des différentes facettes de l’engagement humanitaire de la Suisse.

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Iraq + 1 other
Switzerland steps up humanitarian aid for victims in Iraq

Bern, 15.08.2014 - Atrocities committed against civilians – specifically by members of the Islamic State group – are precipitating a serious humanitarian crisis. Switzerland is extremely concerned and is responding by offering material assistance to the victims, condemning the serious violations of international law and calling on Iraq to take appropriate measures. Switzerland is currently scaling up its humanitarian assistance.

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Iraq + 1 other
La Suisse renforce son aide humanitaire aux victimes en Irak

Les exactions commises à l’encontre des civils, notamment par les membres du groupe « Etat islamique », provoquent une crise humanitaire aiguë. Très inquiète, la Suisse y répond en offrant une assistance matérielle aux victimes, en condamnant les violations graves du droit international et en appelant l’Irak et la communauté internationale à prendre des mesures. La Suisse renforce actuellement son aide humanitaire.

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Innovative collaborative-thinking solution wins award at CERN tech happening

05 August, Geneva, Switzerland - The CERN Summer Student Webfest is an annual “hackathon” held at CERN, in which bright and creative minds meet over a weekend to build science projects using Open Web technology. Working prototypes of hardware and software are built entirely over just one weekend fuelled only by the participants’ spirit of innovation and discovery. At the previous two Webfests, participants built applications ranging from 3D games about particle physics to cheap mobile-phone-enabled cosmic ray detectors.

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Factsheet Crise syrienne – août 2014

FAITS ET CHIFFRES

Population : 21,4 millions

13,7 millions de personnes dépendent de l’aide humanitaire:

  • 10,8 millions en Syrie (dont 6,5 millions de déplacés internes)

  • 2,9 millions de réfugiés dans les pays voisins et en Afrique du Nord

Appel de fonds de l’ONU pour 2014

  • 2,3 milliards USD : Plan de réponse humanitaire en Syrie (SHARP), financé à 27%*

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Factsheet Syrian Crisis – August 2014

FACTS & FIGURES

Population: 21.4 million

13.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance:

  • 10.8 million in Syria (6.5 million of which are internally displaced)
  • 2.9 million refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa

UN Appeals for 2014:

  • $2.3 billion Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) 27% funded*

  • $3.7 billion Regional Response Plan (RRP) 37% funded*
    **as of 30 July 2014*

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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.

Agence France-Presse:

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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.