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21 Nov 2017 description

Les Ministres de l’Intérieur de l’Algérie, l’Autriche, le Tchad, la France, l’Allemagne, l’Italie, la Libye, Malte, le Niger, la Slovénie, la Suisse, la Tunisie et le Ministre des maliens de l’extérieur et de l’intégration africaine, le Commissaire européen chargé de la migration, des affaires intérieures et de la citoyenneté et le représentant du Service européen pour l’action extérieure, ainsi que le Ministre de l’Intérieur de l’Estonie assurant la Présidence du Conseil de l’Union européenne, réunis à Berne les 12 et 13 novembre 2017, dans le cadre de la troisième rencontre du Groupe de …

13 Nov 2017 description

Bern, 13.11.2017 - There is a need for stronger protection of refugees’ and migrants’ basic rights. This is a central theme of the declaration adopted in Bern on 13 November 2017 by the representatives of thirteen European and African countries situated on both sides of the Central Mediterranean Sea. The representatives met for the third meeting of the Central Mediterranean Contact Group, which was also attended by representatives of the EU, the UNHCR, the IOM and the ICRC.

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.

07 Oct 2017 description

La conseillère fédérale Simonetta Sommaruga a pu mesurer les défis migratoires auxquels est confronté le Niger lors d'une visite de travail mercredi 4 et jeudi 5 octobre 2017. La grande majorité des migrants en route vers le nord depuis les pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest passent par le Niger avant de rejoindre la Libye. La cheffe du DFJP a visité le centre de transit d'Agadez, qui fournit assistance aux migrants échoués le long de la route migratoire et un projet de formation professionnelle soutenu par la Suisse.

03 Oct 2017 description

At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.

This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.

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.

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.

08 Sep 2017 description

Bern, 08.09.2017 - The ICRC, with the support of Switzerland and other donor countries, is today launching an innovative model for financing humanitarian aid. The Programme for Humanitarian Impact Investments (PHII) is inspired by the concept of social impact bonds. This is a novel approach in the humanitarian field, with private investment helping to bring physical rehabilitation services to more people in need of such care. The PHII offers the ICRC a means to diversify and grow its funding base while limiting the financial risk incurred by public donors.

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.

23 Aug 2017 description

Bern, 23.08.2017 - The Federal Council has approved a budget of CHF 57 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for the period from 2017 to 2019. As host country and one of the founding members, Switzerland has been an important partner for the Global Fund since it was created in 2002. Over the past 15 years, the Global Fund has helped save millions of lives and made great strides in combating these diseases. As ongoing pandemics, however, they still pose a major public health problem in middle and low-income countries.

23 Jul 2017 description

On 20 July 2017, the Federal Council decided to dispatch a Swiss Armed Forces Super Puma helicopter from Switzerland to Montenegro to help fight forest fires. The helicopter is already en route to Tivat, where it will replace a KFOR helicopter which had been redeployed from Pristina to Tivat yesterday to provide initial support.

24 Jun 2017 description

Bern, 23.06.2017 - Every year, more than half a million people worldwide suffer a violent death. No other weapons category causes more violent deaths than small arms. Despite international efforts – in which Switzerland plays an active role – these weapons continue to pose a threat to peace, security and development in many parts of the world. Switzerland has therefore defined the objectives and priorities for its commitment in this area for the period 2017–2020. It will continue to make a concrete contribution at the political and operational levels to protection from armed violence.

21 Jun 2017 description

Bern, 21.06.2017 - At its meeting of 21 June 2017 the Federal Council decided to renew its overall contribution of CHF 22 million to UNICEF for 2017. UNICEF plays a decisive role in the promotion of children’s rights. It is especially active in protecting children in armed conflicts. UNICEF has played a major role in drastically reducing infant mortality.

21 Jun 2017 description

Le Conseil fédéral a décidé lors de sa séance du 21 juin 2017 de renouveler sa contribution générale de 22 millions de francs à l’UNICEF pour 2017. L’UNICEF joue un rôle décisif dans la promotion des droits de l’enfant. Il s’engage en particulier pour protéger les enfants dans les situations de conflit. Une contribution importante de l’UNICEF est la réduction substantielle de la mortalité infantile.

01 Jun 2017 description

Bern, 01.06.2017 - Seven months after the start of the offensive to liberate Mosul, Iraqi forces have now begun their final push against the last pocket of the city controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ group. Home to some 250,000 civilians, the district is also the most densely populated of the city. The fighting is reported to be extremely violent and the humanitarian situation appalling.

01 Jun 2017 description

N’Djamena, 1 juin 2017 – Le Système des Nations Unies, l'Institut International de la Paix (IPI) et le Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de la Confédération suisse (DFAE), ont organisé une rencontre de haut niveau sur le thème : « Investir dans la Paix et la Prévention de la Violence au Sahel-Sahara ».

27 May 2017 description

Bern, 26.05.2017 - Natural disasters and climate-related risks threaten to reverse hard-won gains in development. These and other challenges were the focal point of the fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico. At the conference, Switzerland appealed for closer cooperation in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation.

17 May 2017 description

Bern, 16.05.2017 - Migration, its consequences and what a country like Switzerland can do to help will be at the top of the agenda during Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter's two-day trip to Cyprus and Jordan. Mr Burkhalter, who is head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will be in Cyprus on Friday to attend the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. He will then go to Amman, the capital of Jordan, to inaugurate a water supply system in Azraq refugee camp.