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30 Oct 2017 description





30 Oct 2017 description





27 Oct 2017 description

De acuerdo a la decisión de la Junta Asesora del Fondo Humanitario de Colombia se realizó una Ronda de Financiamiento para emergencias crónicas (3 proyectos por $150,000.00 ($450,000.00 en total con una duración por proyecto de 6 a 8 meses sin posibilidad de NCE).

26 Oct 2017 description

The global burden of Improvised Explosive Devices

Iain Overton and Jennifer Dathan

There is no day that goes past without the impact of an improvised explosive device (IED) making headlines around the world. Of all explosive weapons used, the IED is the most widespread, the most harmful and the most pernicious. Based on the belief that to overcome a problem, we must first understand it, this monitor is a small step in seeking to address the terrible realities of today.
It is a monitor that is, also, a response to a call to action.

24 Oct 2017 description

La communauté internationale s’est réunie aujourd’hui à Genève pour mobiliser des fonds en faveur des Rohingyas. Depuis le mois d’août, plus d’un demi-million d’entre eux ont dû fuir les violences au Myanmar pour se réfugier au Bangladesh. Face à cette crise humanitaire, la Suisse a décidé d’augmenter son assistance à 8 millions de francs. La Suisse réitère aussi son appel au gouvernement du Myanmar au respect du droit international et particulièrement à la protection des droits de l'homme et demande que les auteurs de violations soient jugés.

19 Oct 2017 description

Water cooperation works.
Over the past 15 years, 2.6 billion people have gained access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation. Water connects marginalised people to the mainstream economy and there is growing recognition that access to water and sanitation are of key importance to end poverty, empower women and build prosperous and sustainable societies.

18 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On 5 April 2017, representatives of over 70 countries, international organisations and civil society came together in Brussels for the ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’ conference (Brussels conference) to build on momentum from the previous London and Kuwait conferences and mobilise funding to respond to the needs of the people affected by the Syria crisis. The EU, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United Nations (UN) co-chaired this fifth pledging conference for Syria and the region.

17 Oct 2017 description


Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

06 Oct 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

Geneva, Switzerland, 6 October, 2017 - Earthquakes and tsunami may be rare events in Switzerland but they can happen. In 563, a mudslide triggered a tsunami in Lac Leman (Geneva's lake) creating waves which reached around 8 meters in Geneva and 13 meters in Lausanne.

Switzerland suffered its most devastating earthquake in Basel in October 1356 which has been measured at 6.6 on the Richter scale. The earthquake destroyed the city of Basel and caused much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany.

28 Sep 2017 description
report United Nations

The Department of Field Support is pleased to announce that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.

These contributions reinforce the Secretary-General’s clear commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims first.

27 Sep 2017 description

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2017 – In the wake of natural disasters that have threatened millions of people and destroyed thousands of buildings and dwellings over the past few months, the future resilience of urban environments is receiving a boost of support today, as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) became the first donor in the World Bank’s City Resilience Program …

22 Sep 2017 description

Bern, 21.09.2017 - On Tuesday, a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake caused major damage and claimed many lives in Mexico. The epicentre was about a hundred kilometres south of Mexico City. Switzerland immediately offered to help and is sending structural engineers to the affected areas at the request of the Mexican authorities.

21 Sep 2017 description


Compilation of available statistical data indicates that the arrivals to Europe through the Mediterranean in the first eight months of 2017 is lower when compared to the same period in 2016. As of 31 August 2017, national authorities in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain registered 131,167 newly arrived migrants mostly from the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia which is in a sharp contrast to 297,255 recorded during the same period in 2016 (56% decrease).

19 Sep 2017 description

Bern, 18.09.2017 - New York, 18.09.2017 - Address by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter at the 72nd UN General Assembly (High-Level Side Event on water cooperation as a tool for conflict prevention) - Check against delivery

Excellencies Dear colleagues Ladies and gentlemen

The dynamic rhythms of the Symphonie on Water and Peace that we just heard remind us that we have something to celebrate today: a report with a strong and optimistic message and a wide range of proposals that deserve broad discussion here in New York and around the world.

26 Aug 2017 description

Le Conseil fédéral approuve un budget de 57 millions de francs au Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme (GFATM) pour la période 2017-2019. Pays hôte et cofondateur, la Suisse est un partenaire important du Fonds depuis sa fondation en 2002. Ces quinze dernières années, le Fonds mondial a contribué à sauver des millions de vies, avançant considérablement la lutte contre ces maladies. Malgré cela, ces pandémies constituent toujours un problème majeur de santé publique dans les pays à faible et moyen revenus.