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30 Aug 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 12:01 GMT

Switzerland said Sunday it was planning to send financial assistance to help Balkans nations cope with the massive numbers of migrants and refugees passing through in a bid to reach the European Union.

The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed a report in the NZZ am Sonntag weekly that the wealthy Alpine nation aimed to send financial aid to Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzogovina to help them deal with the ballooning migrant crises on their territories.

29 Aug 2015 description

An agreement of cooperation was signed today between the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

As per the agreement signed between H.E. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and representative of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, rural road projects will be implemented and funded in various villages of Rostaq district by the Government of Switzerland.

17 Aug 2015 description

In Myanmar over a million people continue to suffer the consequences of the severe flooding that has affected the country since late July. Given the scale of the disaster, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to commit an additional CHF 500,000. This brings the Swiss Confederation's emergency aid contribution to over CHF 600,000.

12 Aug 2015 description

Bern, 12.08.2015 - The Federal Council is strengthening Switzerland's commitment to UN Women, the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The aim is to contribute even more effectively in future to improving both the situation of disadvantaged women and girls, and global food security. To this end, Switzerland is raising its general annual contributions to UN Women to CHF 16 million for 2015-2017, and to IFAD to CHF 15 million for the 2016-2018 period.

11 Aug 2015 description

Over a million people have been affected by flooding in Myanmar, which has caused widespread damage and cost dozens lives. After the country's authorities appealed for international aid, Switzerland released USD 126,000 to provide relief for the victims.

Torrential rain and extremely high winds have been flooding several regions of Myanmar since the end of July 2015. In addition to dozens reported deaths, over a million people have been left affected by this natural disaster.

04 Aug 2015 description

Managua - July 30, 2015 - Children of Nicaragua received good news with the delivery of a new contribution from the Nicaraguan Government and the People of Switzerland of 225 metric tons of powder milk destined to the meals of 162.000 students from the Ministry of Education’s public nursery and primary schools.

03 Aug 2015 description

La Suisse vient d’investir 6,3 milliards de FCFA (environ CHF 10 millions) pour la mise en œuvre de son programme d’appui à l’éducation non formelle. L’appui bénéficiera aux enfants, aux jeunes non scolarisés et déscolarisés précoces et aux adultes des régions de Sikasso, de Mopti et de Tombouctou.

02 Aug 2015 description

Managua - 30 de julio de 2015. –Una buena noticia reciben los niños y niñas nicaragüenses con la entrega que hoy realizaron el Gobierno y el pueblo de Suiza de una nueva contribución de 225 toneladas métricas de leche en polvo destinadas a la merienda de 162 mil estudiantes de pre escolar y primaria de escuelas públicas del Ministerio de Educación.

14 Jul 2015 description

In the last few days, Switzerland has again succeeded in delivering medical supplies and water treatment chemicals to a number of hospitals and waterworks in Ukraine and eastern Ukraine. A convoy carrying 300 tonnes of chemical water treatment products, medical equipment and medicines reached the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine today to supply approximately 3.5 million people in need in the Donetsk region with clean drinking water and deliver urgently needed medical equipment to four hospitals.

13 Jul 2015 description

La Suisse vient de signer deux contrats de financement avec le Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire et le programme national des filets sociaux, dénommé Jigisemejiri ou arbre de l’espoir dans la langue Bambara. Ce soutien permettra de renforcer l’alerte précoce et les réponses ciblées à l’insécurité alimentaire en consolidant des partenariats entre l’Etat Malien et des ONG locales.

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
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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.