Filter by
Select time frame

All news (648)

Object 1 – 12 of 648

Switzerland supports the humanitarian efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross

21.03.2018 — Media release EDA
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.

Switzerland at the 2018 World Water Forum in Brasilia

20.03.2018 — Media release EDA
Water as a source of cooperation instead of conflict, access to clean drinking water, and involving the private sector in efforts for sustainable water resources management: these are Switzerland's priorities for the 2018 World Water Forum, which began on 18 March in the Brazilian capital. The World Water Forum is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together representatives from politics, civil society, research and the private sector from around 120 countries. The theme of this year’s forum is sharing water. The Swiss delegation is being headed by Pio Wennubst, director of the Global Cooperation Department at the FDFA's Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Mr Wennubst has been accorded the title of state secretary for the duration of the conference in Brasilia.

Water – joint responsibility, joint solutions

12.03.2018 — Article DEZA
Technical and political solutions to sustainable water management are more important than ever. Water has become one of the key elements not only in the fight against poverty but also for peace and political stability. Because of its long-standing expertise and experience in the water sector, Switzerland is taking part in the largest international meeting on water in Brasilia, where it will present its approach to sustainable water management.

Switzerland and Bhutan reaffirm their close ties

08.03.2018 — EDA
During a working visit to Bern on Thursday, 8 March, President Alain Berset and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay reaffirmed the continuing close ties between their two countries. Up until ten years ago, Bhutan was a Swiss development cooperation priority country, but at the end of 2016 the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) ended its activities in the country. The official talks focused on prospects and opportunities under this new chapter in bilateral relations.

Displaced women are particularly vulnerable

06.03.2018 — Article DEZA
Over 30 million women and girls worldwide have been displaced. On the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March, gender specialist Ursula Keller explains the specific risks faced by female refugees and what the SDC is doing to help them.

Switzerland and Afghanistan sign agreement on development cooperation and humanitarian aid

06.03.2018 — EDA
On 6 March 2018, Swiss Ambassador Thomas Kolly and Afghanistan's Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi signed a framework agreement in Kabul on technical and financial cooperation and humanitarian aid. This enhances the legal basis for cooperation between the two countries. Switzerland has been engaged in Afghanistan since the 1970s and has had a permanent presence there since 2002. Through the ongoing Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) programme, Switzerland supports Afghanistan's political and economic reform process and provides humanitarian aid.

More rice with less water

28.02.2018 — Article DEZA
One seventh of the organic rice sold in Switzerland’s Coop supermarkets comes from small farms in northern India that strive to save water. High environmental standards are maintained thanks to the public-private partnership behind the Water Productivity Project, WAPRO for short, conceived and co-funded by the SDC.

Swiss expertise and innovation as tools of international cooperation

13.02.2018 — EDA
At this year’s annual press conference, the SDC unveiled the issues it will be focusing on in 2018 and discussed the importance of innovation for cooperation. The agency’s Director-General Manuel Sager took the opportunity to illustrate various ways in which the SDC co-opts Swiss experts and expertise onto development projects.

Fostering freedom of expression and strengthening civil society: the role of culture in development cooperation

09.02.2018 — Media release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supports various projects in culture and the arts in partner countries because artists and culture professionals have an important role to play in shaping economic, social and cultural life. The exchange of ideas between artists from countries of the South and East and Switzerland is therefore the focus of 'CROSSROADS – International perspectives on culture, art and society', an event co-organised by the SDC and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Basel and Geneva from 8 to 10 February.

New financing mechanisms in international cooperation

18.01.2018 — Media release EDA
The UN estimates that additional funds of USD 2.5 trillion a year will be needed until 2030 to achieve its development goals. On 18 January 2018, a conference in Zürich demonstrated new financing mechanisms, such as ‘Social Impact Bonds’ (SIB).

Off-the-radar humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12.01.2018 — Article DEZA
Several provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fallen prey to violent clashes. Civilians are fleeing en masse to escape death, and the humanitarian needs are colossal. Given the deterioration in the situation, the SDC has stepped up its humanitarian response, allocating additional funds and expertise.

Object 1 – 12 of 648

Media (345)

Other news (303)