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25 May 2016 description

Bern, 24.05.2016 - Having attended the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where he discussed measures to jointly tackle violent conflict, major humanitarian challenges and the refugee crisis, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, stopped off in Lebanon. In the capital, Beirut, he visited a number of projects in a show of support for the efforts being made by Switzerland and its partner organisations to improve the future prospects of people in Lebanon.

24 May 2016 description

Istanbul, 24.05.2016 - Statement by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter at the World Humanitarian Summit - Check against delivery

Mr Deputy Secretary-General, Ladies and gentlemen,

The 1949 Geneva Conventions are universally recognised as the cornerstones of modern international humanitarian law. Their continued validity is beyond doubt. However, there is a disturbing discrepancy between the law and the facts on the ground. We urgently must take steps to close this gap. This is a foreign policy priority for Switzerland.

24 May 2016 description

Bern, 23.05.2016 - Since 22 May 2016, two Swiss Humanitarian Aid convoys carrying chemicals for water treatment and medical goods have been on their way to the conflict zone in Ukraine. Part of the consignment, containing medical supplies and medicines, will be delivered to the hospital in Kurakhove this morning. In addition, rail transport is being used for the first time.

23 May 2016 description

Le 22 mai 2016, deux convois humanitaires de la Confédération transportant des produits chimiques destinés au traitement de l’eau et des produits médicaux sont partis pour l’Ukraine, dans la zone de conflit. Une partie du convoi comportant du matériel médical et des médicaments a été remis à l’hôpital de Kurakhove ce matin. Les produits ont été transportés par route mais aussi, pour la première fois, par le rail.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

23 May 2016 description

Istanbul, May 23, 2016 – UNDP and Switzerland sign today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul a US$ 13.9 million (CHF 13.8 million) agreement to strengthen their partnership to prevent conflict, address systemic fragility and deliver effective crisis response.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said the collaboration between UNDP and Switzerland to build resilience in communities in fragile situations or affected by crises was more critical than ever.

20 May 2016 description

Au cours de ce trimestre, si le contexte sécuritaire a resté relativement calme, aucune amélioration notable du contexte humanitaire n’est rapportée. 9,6 millions de dollars ont été alloués pour la première allocation standard, soit un montant légèrement supérieur à celle organisée début 2015.

19 May 2016 description
report European Commission

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

18 May 2016 description

According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in 2015 more than 700,000 people – mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – took the Western Balkans route on their way to Central and Northern Europe. Switzerland is supporting Serbian and Macedonian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within the framework of migration partnerships. The work of these NGOs complements the efforts of national governments and international organisations in meeting the most urgent needs of the large number of migrants.

18 May 2016 description

After sending emergency aid to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015, Switzerland sprang into action with the Nepalese people to rebuild anything that could be rebuilt. It was a gargantuan task, requiring patience and perseverance. But one year on, though day-to-day life remains fraught with difficulty, thousands of Nepalese have reason to feel content.

18 May 2016 description

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Ecuador on the evening of 16 April 2016, claiming the lives of more than 600 people. The disaster also caused significant damage and left more than 20,000 people homeless. Swiss Humanitarian Aid responded very quickly by sending experts who were based in the region. The immediate concern was to secure a supply of drinking water for the local population.

18 May 2016 description

Iraq has been battling with conflict since 2003 and the humanitarian situation has deteriorated since late 2013. The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in 3.3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and has left 10 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The country also hosts more than 250,000 Syrian refugees, who have fled atrocities in their homeland. Beside the provision of Swiss experts, the SDC has allocated for 2016 CHF 1.5 million to UNHCR in Iraq.

16 May 2016 description

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Switzerland worth 2.4 million Swiss Francs (US$2.4 million) to support WFP’s early recovery and safety-net activities aimed at improving household food security across Sudan.

12 May 2016 description

La Banque mondiale et la coopération suisse investissent plus de 700 millions de FCFA pour la réalisation de 18 km de caniveaux à Sikasso.

Cet appui contribuera à assainir et sécuriser la ville de Sikasso tout en améliorant le cadre de vie des populations.

Pour d'amples informations:

L'Essor en date du 09.05.2016

12 May 2016 description

Zoom sur l’in­ser­tion pro­fes­sion­nelle de cent jeunes maliens en si­tua­tion pré­caire à Tombouctou.

Avec l'ap­pui de Swiss­con­tact, les po­pu­la­tions du Nord bé­né­fi­cient de for­ma­tions pro­fes­sion­nelles ci­blées qui leur per­mettent de trou­ver un em­ploi ou d'amé­lio­rer leurs re­ve­nus. C'est le cas de 100 jeunes de Tom­bouc­tou, ac­com­pa­gnés pas à pas pour le dé­mar­rage d'ac­ti­vi­tés gé­né­ra­trices de re­ve­nus. Pre­mière étape pour la réus­site de ces jeunes : l'in­for­ma­tion et l'orien­ta­tion pro­fes­sion­nelle.

09 May 2016 description

Actualités locales, 09.05.2016

La Suisse vient d’investir plus de 5 milliards de FCFA (CHF 9,4 millions) afin d’aider les collectivités des zones de Youwarou, Tenenkou, Mopti et Niafunké à réaliser des projets agricoles. Ce soutien contribue à la sécurité alimentaire et à réduction de la pauvreté.

04 May 2016 description

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Ecuador on the evening of 16 April 2016, claiming the lives of more than 600 people. The disaster also caused significant damage and left more than 20,000 people homeless. Swiss Humanitarian Aid responded very quickly by sending experts who were based in the region. The immediate concern was to secure a supply of drinking water for the local population.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description

Bern, 25.04.2016 - There has been some success in the fight against malaria since the turn of the millennium – not least thanks to Switzerland's activities in this field. Nevertheless, more than 400,000 people still die from the disease every year, mostly children under five. At the event to mark World Malaria Day on 25 April 2016, SDC Director General Manuel Sager therefore appealed to all partners involved to continue the fight against malaria with the same shared determination.

26 Apr 2016 description

Bern, 22.04.2016 - Swiss Humanitarian Aid is providing the most affected communities at the epicentre of the earthquake in northern Ecuador with emergency assistance. Switzerland has dispatched experts to strengthen capacities in the water and logistics sectors.