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01 Feb 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Monday 2/1/2016 - 13:15 GMT

Donors at the African Union summit pledged on Monday $250 million (229 million euros) for the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, AU Peace and Security Council chief Smail Chergui said.

Boko Haram, facing the heat of a military onslaught in Nigeria, has in the past year stepped up cross-border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, while continuing shooting and suicide assaults on markets, mosques and other mostly civilian targets within Nigeria itself.

31 Jan 2016 description

Editorial

Switzerland's glaciers are melting. In less than 40 years, their surface has shrunk by almost 30 percent. Linked directly to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, this relentless retreat can be observed around the globe, impacting negatively on the economy, the environment and society.

31 Jan 2016 description

Bern, 29.01.2016 - More than 40 states worldwide with a total population of some 1.5 billion people are classed as fragile or affected by violence and conflict. The majority of the world’s poor will soon be living in fragile contexts. In view of the growing challenges this presents, supporting these people is a priority of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) this year, SDC Director-General Manuel Sager said at the annual media conference in Bern on 29 January.

28 Jan 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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Member States' financial pledges since 23 September 2015, € million
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Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism
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State of Play of Hotspot capacity
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Returns since September
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Accepted Member States' Support to Civil Protection Mechanism for Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 25 January 2016

27 Jan 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT

Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.

"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.

27 Jan 2016 description

La Suisse et le Mali viennent de signer deux accords de financement en vue de soutenir le développement économique local, la production agricole et la sécurité alimentaire au Nord et au Sud du Mali.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

10 Jan 2016 description

The state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, is currently on a three-day official visit to Niger from 9 to 11 December 2015. He has met Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger's president, and the country's foreign minister, Kané Aichatou Boulama. Mr Rossier has also held meetings with other government representatives and members of civil society. During his visit, the state secretary signed a pledge committing CHF 38 million for the implementation of a number of Swiss development aid programmes.

10 Jan 2016 description

Le secrétaire d’Etat du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE) Yves Rossier effectue une visite de travail au Niger, du 9 au 11 décembre 2015. Au cours de ces trois jours, il doit rencontrer le président nigérien Mahamadou Issoufou, la ministre des affaires étrangères Kané Aichatou Boulama et d’autres représentants du gouvernement ainsi que de la société civile.

01 Jan 2016 description

In order to introduce more valuable, durable and easy-to-grow agricultural plant species in Bolivia, in the 1970s the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) began promoting the cultivation of beans. Beans adapt well to several of the climates found in Bolivia and thanks to their nutritional value also improve the diet of rural communities. Beans also command high prices and were therefore a good business opportunity for agro-industrial producers.

28 Dec 2015 description

The peaceful election in Burkina Faso of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on 29 November 2015, thirteen months after the end of the long reign of Blaise Compaoré, was an impressive accomplishment. The West African country can be proud of having achieved a truly democratic transition. For the SDC, it is confirmation that its efforts to strengthen civil society over the long term are proving successful.

16 Dec 2015 description

L’inter collectivité de Koutiala gère les infrastructures de sorte à pouvoir augmenter les revenus des producteurs et améliorer la sécurité alimentaire au profit de plus de 600’000 habitants.

11 Dec 2015 description

Bern, 11.12.2015 - At its meeting on 11 December 2015, the Federal Council approved a contribution of CHF 18.5 million to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This financial package will support UNRWA's humanitarian activities and its development assistance to Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory in 2016.

08 Dec 2015 description

Rencontre de membres de gouvernements ou d’autorités

L’ONG OXFAM et ses partenaires procèderont au lancement du programme « Partenariats pour l’exercice d’une gouvernances appropriée » dans la région de Mopti. Financé par la Suisse, il permettra de renforcer la société civile dans son rôle de contrepouvoir et la gouvernance au sein de la région.  

08 Dec 2015 description

When Hungary closed its border with Croatia on 17 October, hundreds of thousands of migrants moved further west and redirected their route through the West Balkans. As Slovenia, a country of a mere two million people, had to bear the brunt of this new development, it turned to Switzerland for help. Since mid-November a team of five experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit has supported the Slovenian authorities as well as NGOs to tackle this giant task.

More than 200,000 migrants have passed through Slovenia on their way to Europe

04 Dec 2015 description

Actualités locales, 04.12.2015

4'500 enfants de Mopti, Tombouctou et Kidal reprennent le chemin de l’école grâce à l’appui de la Suisse. L’ouverture des centres d’apprentissage accéléré pour ceux qui ont abandonné l’école ou n’y ont jamais été leur permet de réintégrer directement les classes de 3ème ou 4ème année.

03 Dec 2015 description

The African Development Bank (AfDB) welcomes the new infusion of US $248 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which was announced Monday at the global climate summit in Paris.

01 Dec 2015 description
report World Bank

PARIS, 30 novembre 2015 – Quatre pays européens — l’Allemagne, la Norvège, la Suède et la Suisse — ont annoncé aujourd’hui une nouvelle initiative pour la lutte contre le changement climatique portant sur un montant de 500 millions de dollars. Cette initiative, baptisée en anglais Transformative Carbon Asset Facility, doit permettre d’expérimenter de nouvelles méthodes d’incitation à grande échelle, visant à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) dans les pays en développement.

01 Dec 2015 description
report World Bank

PARIS, Nov. 30, 2015 – Four European countries - Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland - today announced a new $500 million initiative that will find new ways to create incentives aimed at large scale cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries to combat climate change. The World Bank Group worked with the countries to develop the initiative.

30 Nov 2015 description
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Member States pledges
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Civil Protection Mechanism

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 30 November 2015

The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.