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23 Apr 2018 description

By Robert Gloy in Zürich

The Zurich-based organization Social Fabric provides tailoring and dressmaking classes for refugees keen to acquire new skills.

Among the colourful fabrics and sewing machines in a Zürich clothing workshop, Jamila leans across her workbench and carefully smooths the fabric of a black-and-yellow dress she is making, adjusting the hem and inserting pins here and there.

In a few days’ time she will put the finishing touches to the dress and take it home.

13 Apr 2018 description

According to a ruling from the Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland from August 2017 the return of Eritrean nationals is lawful provided they have completed their military service.

03 Apr 2018 description

Bern, 03.04.2018 - In 2017 the Swiss Confederation invested CHF 22.3 million in mine action activities for the clearance of contaminated areas, awareness of mine risks, local capacity building and monitoring the implementation of international laws and treaties.

21 Mar 2018 description

Bern, 21.03.2018 - Switzerland supports the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its work to alleviate need and suffering. The Federal Council pledged at its meeting on 21 March 2018 an annual contribution of CHF 80 million for the ICRC's headquarters in Geneva. Switzerland is thereby supporting one of the few organisations that has access to people in need during conflicts and crises. The ICRC coordinates its more than 80 delegations worldwide from its headquarters in Geneva.

05 Jul 2017 description

Bern, 05.07.2017 - At its meeting on 5 July 2017, the Federal Council approved the continuation of Switzerland's financial contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the 2017 to 2020 period, in the amount of CHF 36 million. The GPE is a priority fund for the SDC's multilateral cooperation work. Through its support for the education systems of the world's poorest countries, it is helping to ensure that everyone can attend school, and thanks to its backing, an additional 64 million children were enrolled in school in 2014.

30 May 2017 description
report Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 30 May 2017 – “I call on the Swiss authorities to stop detaining migrant children arriving at Swiss international airports. Children, with or without their families, do not belong in detention” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, after a three-day visit (22-24 May) to Switzerland, which included a visit to the closed reception facility in the international transit zone of Zurich airport.

09 Sep 2016 description

The ABCs glossary explains UN institutions and bodies, defines key terms in UN vocabulary, and provides an overview of Switzerland's UN policy. It explains how Switzerland is implementing its commitment, the objectives it is pursuing, and the specific spheres in which it is active.

25 Aug 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Refugees are finding new routes into the European Union. Swiss authorities have noticed a rise in border crossings from Italy.

Ueli Maurer represents the right-wing SVP party on the Swiss Federal Council and, as finance minister, is in charge of the Border Guard Corps. He is most concerned about migration routes between Switzerland's borders with Italy and those with Austria and Germany. He told Swiss media that several people had crossed without authorization recently.

17 Jul 2016 description

by Reuters Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:08 GMT

ZURICH, July 16 (Reuters) - Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union on immigration restrictions will be stepped up in the next few weeks, the Swiss government said on Saturday, with a high-level meeting planned for September.

Read the full story here

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.

24 Apr 2016 description

Switzerland has contributed more than $1 billion to the work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide loans, grants and technical assistance that help the poor and vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific.

Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides information on Switzerland's contributions to ADB in terms of capital subscription and funding, the country’s delegates to ADB, and the involvement of Swiss companies and consultants in ADB projects.

09 Apr 2016 description

By: Tatiana Almeida

In 2015, over one million irregular migrants and refugees arrived in Europe after surviving dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea – 55% of them were women and children. Once they reached land, many of them endured harsh conditions travelling by land.

18 Feb 2016 description

A world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. This is the goal of the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017–20, which the Federal Council submitted to Parliament today. The dispatch covers development cooperation strategy, including economic and trade-policy measures, and in particular strengthens humanitarian emergency aid and Switzerland's contribution to conflict resolution. Civilian peacebuilding is also incorporated into the strategy for the first time.

08 Aug 2014 description

05 August, Geneva, Switzerland - The CERN Summer Student Webfest is an annual “hackathon” held at CERN, in which bright and creative minds meet over a weekend to build science projects using Open Web technology. Working prototypes of hardware and software are built entirely over just one weekend fuelled only by the participants’ spirit of innovation and discovery. At the previous two Webfests, participants built applications ranging from 3D games about particle physics to cheap mobile-phone-enabled cosmic ray detectors.

18 Apr 2014 description

Switzerland spent CHF 2.964 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, an increase of 3.4% compared with 2012. With an ODA of 0.47% of gross national income (GNI) in 2013, Switzerland ranks 8th among the 29 member states of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is publishing its ODA rankings this Tuesday.

28 Jan 2014 description

GENEVA, January 28 (UNHCR) – With her head wrapped in a bright turquoise scarf and sporting a red and white striped sweater, Nimo, 26, looks like the picture of cheerfulness.

However, when asked about her children, the Somali refugee's large round eyes fill with tears and she starts slowly shaking her head back and forth. "It's hard for me to talk about my children. I miss them so much. When I talk about them, the sadness stays with me for days," she says.

16 Aug 2012 description

This working paper seeks to extend our understanding of the involvement of businesses in peacebuilding based on the perceptions of business actors themselves. The aim of this working paper is therefore to elaborate on a recent study’s findings in response to the questions of if and how Swiss companies are involved in peace processes.

12 Jun 2012 description

By David Singh

GENEVA, 12 June 2012 - UNISDR chief Margareta Wahlström today congratulated Switzerland for getting ready to face the consequences of a major earthquake even if the last one happened over 1,000 years ago.