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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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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


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


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.

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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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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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« 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.