African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.
The ﬁrst six months of 2016 in Sudan witnessed a varie-ty of interconnected, intricate, and parallel population movements, inﬂuenced by numerous factors; highlight-ing the complexity of the drivers of migration in, through and out of Sudan. Migrants in Sudan (internal and external) are experiencing vulnerabilities and are in need of critical life-saving services.
The Operations and Movement Management Unit was established for effective implementation of refugee resettlement and migrants’ assisted voluntary return and reintegration in line with IOM’s global principle of providing dignified, orderly and cost effective services to:
• Refugees hosted in Sudan and selected for resettlement in third countries
• Migration health processing for travel abroad
• Vulnerable migrants willing to voluntarily return to Sudan
• Humanitarian evacuation
16th August 2016 The Supporting Community Water Resilience Project was completed in May 2016 and His Majesty King Tupou VI launched this initiative in the island of Niua Fo’ou.
Their Majesties His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u attended this memorable event, along with Ambassador of Switzerland to Tonga, His Excellency Dr .David Vogelsanger, the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Tonga His Excellency Mr. Guang Huanguang and the Acting High Commissioner of New Zealand in Tonga Ms Adele Plummer.
As of 18 July 2016 some 241,263 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea reaching Europe. During the reporting period, the trend in sea arrivals continued to decrease through the Eastern Mediterranean with approximately 1,327 people arriving to Greece contributing to 158,377 for the first half of 2016. As of 18 July, 79,851 persons have arrived by sea to Italy in 2016, compared to 93,540 at the end of July 2015.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 August 2016–The Swiss government, through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has granted more than US$7 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its overall work, which covers areas such as climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management; and sustainable hydropower.
The financial agreement was signed by Tim Enderlin, SDC’s Director of Cooperation Laos and the Mekong Region, and Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat, at a ceremony in Vientiane.
For the first time, the SDC is publishing the results of its activities over a five-year period. This new general activity report illustrates eight thematic areas of SDC activity by presenting sample projects, the funds earmarked, and the contribution thus made to worldwide poverty reduction and the reform of structures.
Last update 09.11.2015
In many respects the world is a better place today than it was 20 years ago or at any other time in history. So says the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report. Switzerland has made important contributions to this progress.
Berne, Communiqué de presse, 27.07.2016
Au Soudan du Sud, des milliers de personnes ont fui les récents affrontements entre fractions politiques rivales. Ces nouvelles violences ont décuplé les besoins humanitaires déjà considérables dans le pays. La Suisse a décidé de mettre à disposition deux millions de francs supplémentaires, en réponse à la détresse des populations sur place.
Bern, 27.07.2016 - In South Sudan thousands of people have fled the recent hostilities between rival political factions. These new outbreaks of violence have compounded the already considerable humanitarian needs in the country. Switzerland has decided to provide an additional CHF 2 million to alleviate the suffering of the local population.
Message from the Director
During the holy month of Ramadan, WFP provided full rations, as well as a contribution of dates received from Saudi Arabia and dried skimmed milk from Switzerland.
WFP Algeria urgently requires 5.3m to continue its activities in the next six months. WFP will not be able to provide food assistance in November and December and only partial entitlements starting in September, unless immediate funding is received.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 08:23 GMT
by Mathilde AUVILLAIN
Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.
Rome bowed to pressure from the EU at the end of last year and implemented a rigorous system to identify all arrivals on its shores in exchange for a deal which should have seen thousands of refugees relocated across Europe.
Bern, 20.07.2016 - A conference of donor countries was held today in Washington to mobilise funds to ensure better humanitarian support for the tens of thousands of internally displaced persons fleeing the fighting that has been ravaging Iraq since May. Switzerland has decided to allocate an additional CHF 1 million, increasing its commitment to CHF 10 million for 2016.
Bern, 18.07.2016 - The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has delivered twelve new ambulances to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). A Swiss delegation accompanied the delivery in the Syrian capital Damascus. The ambulances are urgently needed in Syria because the country's health system has too few ambulances to cope with the enormous number of victims caused by the war, including attacks against hospitals.
by Reuters Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:08 GMT
ZURICH, July 16 (Reuters) - Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union on immigration restrictions will be stepped up in the next few weeks, the Swiss government said on Saturday, with a high-level meeting planned for September.
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The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.
231,024 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,896 dead/missing in 2016*
* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 5 July 2016
Trends of sea arrivals
Between 27 June and 3 July, 239 refugees and migrants crossed the sea to Greece – a decrease from the 358 that crossed the previous week. By the end of June, 158,311 people had crossed the sea to Greece in comparison with 75,204 in the same period in 2015.
Actualités locales, 04.07.2016
La Suisse vient d’investir 290.000 dollars US (CHF 282.260) afin de réhabiliter le système d’adduction d’eau potable dans la commune urbaine de Gao. Ce soutien permettra aux communautés d’avoir accès à une eau de qualité et d’améliorer ainsi les conditions d’hygiène et d’assainissement de la ville.
329 Index of countries/areas
329 Index, Volume 91, 2016, Nos. 1–27
331 Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), 2016
336 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2016
329 Index des pays/zones
329 Index, Volume 91, 2016, Nos 1-27
331 Dispositions sanitaires pour les voyageurs se rendant en Arabie saoudite pour le pèlerinage à La Mecque (Hadj), 2016