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The FDFA condemns executions in Gaza

11.04.2017 — Media release Occupied Palestinian territory

Bern, 10.04.2017 - The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) condemns the execution of three people by the de facto authorities in Gaza on 6 April 2017. In recent months, the FDFA has contacted the competent authorities in Gaza on several occasions with a view to preventing a resumption of this practice.    




The FDFA reaffirms its support for a two-state solution

09.02.2017 — Media release Occupied Palestinian territory

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) notes that the adoption by the Israeli parliament on Monday 6 February 2017 of a law aimed at legalising under Israeli law the building of homes, and in particular the building of numerous outposts, on private Palestinian land in the occupied Palestinian territory makes the prospect of a two-state solution, which the FDFA advocates, even more difficult.


Switzerland Supports Core UNRWA Programmes and Makes Additional Contribution to Emergency Response in the occupied Palestinian territory

02.02.2017 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory

The Swiss Confederation, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has signed a multi-year agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) totaling CHF 75.5 million (approximately US$ 73.7 million) that will go towards the Agency’s core programmes and services – including education, health care, relief and social services and protection – over the 2017-2020 period.  This agreement comes shortly after Switzerland’s additional contribution of CHF 1.35 million (approximately US$ 1.32 million) in December 2016 to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) to support the Agency’s temporary shelter cash assistance programme in Gaza and protection interventions in the West Bank.




Paris Conference: Switzerland committed to renewed prospects for a political solution in the Middle East

13.01.2017 — Media release Occupied Palestinian territory

Bern, 13.01.2017 - Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will take part on Sunday in the Paris Ministerial Conference on Peace in the Middle East. Organised by France, the conference will bring together some 70 states and international organisations with the aim of relaunching the peace process and maintaining the prospect of the two-state solution.     


Assistance for Palestinian refugees in 2017-2020

12.01.2017 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory

The Swiss Government approved a four-year contribution (2017-2020) to the Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for a total amount of CHF 78.5 Mio. Through this unearmarked and predictable contribution, Switzerland renews its support to UNRWA’s core mandate in servicing five million Palestine refugees through education, healthcare, social services and protection.



The Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) launches a new CHF 8 million program to strengthen local governance in the West Bank Villages

05.01.2017 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory

Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) launches a new Swiss program of CHF 8 million to strengthen local governance in the rural West Bank Villages. The first phase of the program totals CHF 4.2 million for 2016-2020. The first agreement was signed with the Palestinian Authority amounts CHF 3.03 million to support the delivery of local basic services through the Municipal Development & Lending Fund. The second agreement was signed with the German International Cooperation amounting CHF 850’000.


Switzerland to maintain assistance for Palestinian refugees in 2017-2020 period

21.12.2016 — Media release Occupied Palestinian territory

Bern, 21.12.2016 - The Federal Council decided at its meeting of 21 December 2016 to maintain its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) over the coming four year period. The funding provided by Switzerland is primarily intended to help improve the access of the affected population to education, healthcare and social services. In this way Switzerland helps to improve prospects for the future, to reduce the risk of radicalisation among young Palestinians, and to support greater stability in the region. The funds also provide UNRWA with greater security in its budget planning.

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