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17 Dec 2014 description

Berne, Communiqué de presse, 28.11.2014

Ce vendredi, le Conseil fédéral a pris connaissance du fait que l’engagement de l’aide humanitaire de la Confédération sera poursuivi pour endiguer l’épidémie d’Ebola, mais que les moyens de transport aérien de l’armée ne seront pas engagés.

15 Dec 2014 description

The current situation and the SDC’s commitment

  • The situation in the three worst affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - remains critical. The epidemic is not only having a severe impact on the entire healthcare system of the countries affected but also has serious implications for security, food supplies and the overall economic situation.

10 Dec 2014 description

Bern, 10.12.2014 - Switzerland continues its commitment to the victims of the crisis in Syria. The Confederation’s Humanitarian Aid is to support the UN World Food Programme with a further CHF 4 million. This amount is part of an additional credit line of CHF 20 million pledged by the Federal Council, bringing Switzerland’s humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in Syria to a total of CHF 122 million.

10 Dec 2014 description

ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.

07 Dec 2014 description
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• Inter-agency mission to Adila and Abu Karinka in East Darfur has identified about 123,000 IDPs in the two locations.

• The number of registered South Sudanese refugees in Sudan since mid-December 2013 has reached 113,221 people.

• A desert locust outbreak continues in Sudan as locust swarms move to winter breeding areas on the Red Sea coastal plains, FAO said.

04 Dec 2014 description

Partnership will improve livelihoods of 200,000 IDPs in FATA

Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

04 Dec 2014 description
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Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)

Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.

28 Nov 2014 description

UNRWA has inaugurated a new reverse osmosis water plant in Burj Barajneh camp, Beirut. The plant will improve the quantity, quality and affordability of water in the camp, as well as access to potable water. This development forms part of UNRWA efforts to enhance water services for communities in Palestine Refugee camps and was made possible through a generous donation from Switzerland.

Reverse Osmosis is a process where salty water is demineralised using a semi permeable membrane at high pressure. As a result, clean potable water is produced.

27 Nov 2014 description
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Khartoum, 27 November 2014. To help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan, the Government of Switzerland has contributed an additional US $523,013 to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), making the total Swiss contribution to the CHF US $1,092,916 in 2014.

20 Nov 2014 description
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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.