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Humanitarian crisis in Yemen: donors gathered in Geneva pledge USD 2.01 billion to alleviate suffering

03.04.2018 — Media release EDA
Yemen is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis worldwide. Millions of people are deprived of water, food and medical care because of the armed conflict. Famine has struck several regions of the country. Donors gathered in Geneva have pledged USD 2.01 billion for the humanitarian response. Switzerland, which co-hosted the conference, announced on 3 April a contribution of 13 million francs for 2018.


War material exports: Federal Council monitoring situation in Yemen

13.05.2015 — Media release EDA
Since the end of March, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Federal Council is monitoring the situation closely. Applications for exports of war materials to the region are being assessed by SECO and the FDFA on a case-by-case basis under war material legislation.


Switzerland responds to humanitarian crisis in Yemen

08.05.2015 — Media release EDA
In view of the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is making CHF 2 Million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At the same time it calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to ensure the protection of civilians, to engage in dialogue to seek a political solution to the conflict and to cease hostilities.


Swiss government names new Ambassadors

13.11.2013 — Media release EDA
The Swiss government (Federal Council) has approved the list of diplomatic staff transfers scheduled for 2014 submitted by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will be made in accordance with the normal rate of transfers, to be communicated at the time of the decision by the Federal Council. The appointments of Heads of Mission take effect as soon as the authorities in the host country communicate their approval. The Federal Council takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Ambassadors due to retire for the services rendered.


Switzerland joins “Friends of Yemen” group

07.03.2013 — Media release EDA
Today marks the start of Swiss membership of “Friends of Yemen”, a group of over 30 states and several organisations which exists to support political transition in Yemen. At today’s meeting in London, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter mentioned that between 2012 and 2014 Switzerland has provided around CHF 20 million to support political stabilisation and improve the humanitarian situation in the country.


Yemen: the kidnapped Swiss woman is free

28.02.2013 — Media release EDA
The Swiss national who was abducted in Hodeida in Yemen in March 2012 was released on 27 February 2013. Representatives of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) are in direct contact with her. She is in good health considering the circumstances. She is now in a secure location and will return to Switzerland as soon as possible.


Valerie Amos, senior UN coordinator for humanitarian aid, visits Bern

18.02.2013 — Media release EDA
Valerie Amos, UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and coordinator of emergency relief, visited Bern on 18 February. Her talks with representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and with the Political Directorate focused on coordination of humanitarian efforts and exchanges about humanitarian aspects of mutual interest.

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