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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.

22 Jun 2017 description

The Swedish asylum system—long one of the most efficient and generous in the world—faced an unprecedented challenge in the fall of 2015. As the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Sweden surged, processing times for asylum applications grew and emergency housing reached capacity. Schools struggled to enroll young newcomers, who made up nearly half of asylum applicants in 2015. The pace of arrivals, coupled with existing housing, teacher, and interpreter shortages, brought this robust system to a crisis point.

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.

22 Dec 2016 description

Lors de sa séance du 21 décembre 2016, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé la poursuite de la contribution financière suisse au Partenariat mondial de recherche agricole (CGIAR) pour les années 2017 à 2019. Le Partenariat apporte des solutions concrètes et efficaces aux défis de la faim et de la malnutrition, et la Suisse, en le soutenant, s’engage pour lutter contre la faim, un des objectifs de l’Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable.

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.

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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.

16 Oct 2015 description

(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.

18 Sep 2015 description

Berne, 18.09.2015 - La Suisse participe au programme de répartition de 40 000 personnes à protéger adopté en juillet par l’Union européenne (UE), sous réserve du respect des engagements au titre de Dublin. Le Conseil fédéral a décidé ce vendredi d’accueillir jusqu’à 1500 de ces personnes, qui ont déjà été enregistrées en Italie ou en Grèce. La Suisse apporte ainsi une nouvelle contribution à une démarche commune de solidarité en Europe.

17 Sep 2015 description
report Swiss Red Cross

Au niveau fédéral et à l’échelon cantonal par l’intermédiaire de plusieurs de ses associations cantonales, la CRS a proposé son aide aux autorités compétentes dans la prise en charge de réfugiés arrivant sur le territoire suisse. Selon leurs dires, les autorités disposent des ressources nécessaires pour mener elles-mêmes à bien cette mission. Toutefois, si la situation devait changer, l’offre de la CRS et des associations cantonales de la Croix-Rouge (AC CR) n’en demeurerait pas moins d’actualité.

Engagements bénévoles

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.

16 Apr 2014 description

La Suisse a consacré CHF 2'964 millions à l’Aide publique au développement (APD) en 2013. Cela représente une hausse de 3,4% par rapport à 2012. Avec une APD représentant 0,47% du Revenu national brut (RNB), la Suisse figure, pour 2013, au 8e rang des 29 pays membres du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) de l’Organisation pour la coopération et le développement économiques (OCDE), qui publie ce mardi son classement en la matière.

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.