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24 Jun 2016 description

2015: une année décisive pour la coopération internationale de la Suisse

24 Jun 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 June 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, public health risks associated with refugee movements, Zika virus, yellow fever and West Nile fever.

23 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean

215,380 arrivals by sea in 2016*

2,868 dead/missing in 2016*

* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 22 June 2016

Trends on sea arrivals

Between 13 and 19 June, some 405 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece. This is a slight increase from the previous week when 358 people arrived to the Greek shores. For the fourth time in the last ten days, there were 40-60 daily new arrivals to Samos.

21 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures Mediterranean

211,385 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,856 dead/missing in 2016*

*data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 15 june 2016

17 Jun 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 12-18 June 2016 and includes updates for several diseases.

15 Jun 2016 description
report European Commission
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Communication from the Commission: Fourth Report on Relocation and Resettlement
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Annex: Relocations from Greece by 14 June
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Annex: Relocations from Italy by 14 June
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Annex: Resettlement State of Play as of 10 June

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 15 June 2016

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month.

10 Jun 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 5-11 June 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, an outbreak of enterovirus and yellow fever.

09 Jun 2016 description

The Colombian government and FARC rebels have issued a joint statement stipulating that the final agreement on ending the conflict and building sustainable and long lasting peace in Colombia is to be deposited in Switzerland. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes this statement. The FDFA has been providing specialised expertise for the negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.

04 Jun 2016 description

UNDP-Ukraine’s programme for “Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in Crisis-Affected Communities of Ukraine” shows first signs of success in facilitating recovery, improving public services, restoring trust and building bridges between authorities and communities in the Donbas region.

03 Jun 2016 description

Trends on sea arrivals

So far this year, 203,981 people made the journey to seek safety in Europe. Almost three-quarters of these had travelled from Turkey to Greece prior to the end of March. Since March arrivals in the eastern Mediterranean route have decreased by 95.32%. In May 1,465 of people arrived to Greece by sea this is 40.13% less than in the previous month (3,650 arrivals).

03 Jun 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 29 May - 4 June 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, an outbreak of enterovirus and yellow fever.

26 May 2016 description

Bern, 25.05.2016 - Two more Swiss Humanitarian Aid convoys have delivered water treatment chemicals and medical goods to the conflict zone in Ukraine. For one of these, Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), used rail transport for the first time.

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.