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20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Close to 37,000 Eritrean asylum seekers arrived in Europe between January and October 2014 via Sudan and Ethiopia, according to UNHCR.

• On average 1,000 refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Sudan per week recently, UNHCR reports.

• SMoH and WHO report that 101 cases of hemorrhagic fever were registered in North Darfur and West Darfur since late August 2014.

• WFP to start a food voucher programme for an estimated 50,000 displaced people residing in Hamediya IDP camp, Central Darfur.

18 Nov 2014 description

FMR 48
November 2014

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.

10 Nov 2014 description

Bern, 10.11.2014 - Switzerland has dispatched a further relief aid to northern Iraq. One thousand tents, as well as blankets and other goods are being transported by lorry to the city of Erbil in northern Iraq and will arrive between 11 and 24 November 2014. The aid materials have a value of CHF 1 million and are intended to help people survive the winter.

10 Nov 2014 description

Le PAM à Madagascar poursuit son assistance aux communautés en insécurité alimentaire due aux aléas climatiques, renforce ses programmes de transferts monétaires par téléphonie mobile et intensifie sa préparation à la prochaine saison cyclonique. Ces activités sont rendues possibles grâce à l’appui continu de la Suisse.

05 Nov 2014 description

Update: the current situation and SDC operations

  • The number of Ebola infections continues to rise in the three countries hardest hit – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The epidemic is having a grave impact on the entire health care system in the affected countries, with serious implications also for the overall security situation, food supplies and the local economies.

16 Oct 2014 description

Update: the current situation and SDC operations

  • The number of Ebola infections continues to rise in the three countries hardest hit – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The epidemic is having a grave impact on the entire health care system in the affected countries, with serious implications also for the overall security situation, food supplies and the local economies.

13 Oct 2014 description

Bern, 12.10.2014 - At the Cairo Conference for Palestine on rebuilding the Gaza Strip the Federal Delegate for Humanitarian Aid, Manuel Bessler, today confirmed Switzerland's pledge to donate an average of 30 million francs per annum to the Occupied Palestinian Territory between 2014 and 2017. He also spoke of Switzerland's role as a facilitator in the Palestinian reunification process.

02 Oct 2014 description
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Defeating Ebola conference: Summary of conference pledges

Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.

The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.

01 Oct 2014 description

Bern, 01.10.2014 - From 27 to 29 September the two parties to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), convened in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the normalisation process and the implementation of a number of mechanisms envisaged in the peace agreement.

30 Sep 2014 description

Update: the current situation and SDC operations

The number of Ebola infections continues to rise in the three countries hardest hit – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The epidemic is having a grave impact on the entire health care system in the affected countries, with serious implications also for the overall security situation, food supplies and the local economies.

29 Sep 2014 description

Khartoum-September 17, 2014 - Switzerland continues its support to the recovery and development efforts in Darfur. Today, an amount of USD267,000 has been granted to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support for its Livelihoods and Recovery Programme targeting vulnerable communities in Central, West, North and South Darfur.

28 Sep 2014 description

Berne, 23.09.2014 - La Suisse débloque 5 millions de francs supplémentaires pour lutter contre la progression d’Ebola et apporter l’aide nécessaire aux habitants des pays touchés par l’épidémie. Cette décision a été annoncée par le président de la Confédération Didier Burkhalter à New York, en marge de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU.

24 Sep 2014 description

Bern, 23.09.2014 - Switzerland is making an additional CHF 5 million available to support efforts to prevent the further spread of the Ebola epidemic and provide the people living in affected countries with the assistance they need. This announcement was made by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, in New York in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

24 Sep 2014 description

Bern, 23.09.2014 - To improve the desperate situation of people affected by the conflict in Syria, Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid has increased its support measures both for people in Syria and the over three million refugees in the neighbouring states. Switzerland’s budget since the start of the Syrian crisis totals CHF 105 million.

23 Sep 2014 description

The impact of climate change on development is evident. People in developing countries are much more affected by climate change due to widespread poverty and lower resilience and coping capacities. The negative impacts of climate change threaten lives and livelihoods, as well as the hard-won gains achieved in reducing poverty in recent decades.

That is why Swiss development cooperation has been heavily engaged in interventions mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and improving the resilience and adaptation capacities of the affected populations in our partner countries.

18 Sep 2014 description

Bern, 18.09.2014 - Switzerland has decided to send relief aid to the greater Erbil area in Northern Iraq. The cargo consists primarily of cold weather tents intended to help people displaced by the war to survive the winter. Today, a specialist from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is flying to Erbil to prepare for distributing the aid. More specialists from the Swiss cooperation office in Amman will join him on the ground.

12 Sep 2014 description

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.

12 Sep 2014 description

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.