November 18, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The government of Switzerland has contributed additional $3 million to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan.
In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune Wednesday, the Swiss ambassador in Khartoum, Martin Strub, said his country allocated $2 million for the use of UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and $1 million for the use of World Food Programme (WFP).
An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis
ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.
Bern, 16.11.2015 - Five SHA experts have been deployed to Slovenia and Croatia to help local organisations to cope with the refugee crisis. They are there to share their expertise, helping to adapt the existing infrastructure to the winter conditions and buying material locally. A lorry of relief supplies from Switzerland has already been unloaded in Slovenia. Switzerland mainly carries out activities to help the refugees and internally displaced people from the conflict in Syria and Iraq in the conflict region itself.
KATHMANDU – Airlifts of food and other humanitarian items will continue to reach earthquake-affected people in Nepal, after Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom agreed to donate more than US$ 2.58 million to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
La Suisse va augmenter sa contribution en faveur du Fonds Africain de Développement (FAD) de 21 millions de francs, une partie intégrante de la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD). Ces fonds sont destinés à renforcer les compétences de l’institution en matière de prise en compte des dimensions de fragilité et de conflits ainsi que de promotion de l’égalité des sexes.
Bern, 13.11.2015 - Switzerland is to increase its contribution to the African Development Fund (ADF), an integral part of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, by CHF 21 million. The funds are intended to strengthen the ADF’s ability to address the issues of state fragility and conflicts and to promote gender equality.
21st Meeting (PM)
Head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Airs ‘Crippling’ Financial Woes
Two further Swiss Humanitarian Aid (HA) convoys have brought goods to supply suffering population on both sides of the contact line in eastern Ukraine. The aid consists mainly of chemicals and apparatus for the production of chlorine, essential for providing clean drinking water. In addition, two hospitals in Donetsk have been supplied with medicines. A total of 505 tonnes of aid worth around CHF 1 million has been delivered.
La Suisse contribue à l'aide au développement au Mali. Elle a indiqué qu'entre 2015 et 2017, elle verserait 71 millions d'euros (CHF 77,33 millions) au pays, lors de la conférence internationale pour la relance économique et le développement du Mali.
La manne sera investie principalement dans le nord du pays, en proie à la pauvreté et l'instabilité, a indiqué jeudi à l'ats un porte-parole du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE). Des projets seront menés à Tombouctou et Sikasso, notamment, ainsi qu'auprès d'écoles maliennes.
10/24/2015 - 16:36 GMT
by Diana SIMEONOVA
Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia on Saturday threatened to close their borders if EU countries to the north stop accepting migrants, as European leaders prepare for emergency talks on the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the three countries wanted a Europe-wide solution to the crisis but were not prepared to become a "buffer zone" for the tens of thousands of new arrivals.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has granted 288.074 CHF to DCA’s programme in Myanmar. The grant supports DCA’s work improving the safety of people affected by the danger of landmines/ERW and the living conditions of the victims in South-East Myanmar (Kayin and Kayah States).
Multiple decades of armed conflict have affected Myanmar and created a legacy of contamination from landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED), and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).
Bern, 19.10.2015 - On the first day of his two-day stay in Jordan, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visited on Monday a school in a deprived suburb of Amman and the Azraq refugee camp, where Switzerland has been supporting a project aimed at ensuring the efficient supply of water to the some 24,000 Syrian refugees there. Mr Burkhalter, who is head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), thanked Jordan for its efforts in taking in more than 600,000 refugees fleeing Syria to date.
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with a population of more than six million people. The UNDP Human Development Report classifies it as a country of “medium human development” and an emerging market. Despite continuous demonstrations demanding political, financial and social reforms, Jordan has remained relatively calm in a region that has been challenged by a wave of unrest since the beginning of 2011.
A variety of factors are driving thousands of people to seek refuge in safe and more stable regions: armed conflicts, human rights violations, deteriorating living conditions and a lack of prospects for the future. In response to these flows of migrants, Switzerland is providing aid at a number of levels. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is focusing its attention on the migrants’ countries of origin in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. It is also active in the transit zones in the Mediterranean region and in the Balkans.
(Genève, 16 octobre 2015) – Plus de 1000 participants, venus du monde entier, ont aujourd’hui conclu trois jours d’intenses discussions sur le future de l’aide humanitaire, en consolidant et affinant les thématiques et les domaines d’action en vue d’établir un agenda de changement majeur afin de faire face aux besoins humanitaires croissants dans le monde.
Au Mali, plusieurs services et programmes œuvrent dans le domaine de l’insertion professionnelle, néanmoins l’information et l’orientation professionnelle constituent un chainon manquant.
Kyiv, Ukraine—The World Bank Group and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have launched a program that will allow farmers to use crop receipts as collateral for payment. This new financial instrument for Ukraine will make high-quality seeds and other inputs more affordable for smaller farmers and help boost agricultural productivity.
Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.