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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.


Switzerland increases its humanitarian presence in Syria

21.12.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has opened a humanitarian office in Damascus to improve access to those in need, and to monitor and coordinate projects more closely. Up to now, Switzerland mainly provided humanitarian aid to people in need through one of its representations in neighbouring countries. The humanitarian effort in connection with the Syria crisis is currently Switzerland's biggest humanitarian operation.


Switzerland and Bolivia seek closer cooperation on Bioceánico project

14.12.2017 — EDA
On Thursday, 14 December, President Doris Leuthard received Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, who was paying a working visit to Bern. Discussions focused in particular on infrastructure, economic and trade relations, the rule of law and the SDC’s country programme on Bolivia. The two presidents were present at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties on cooperation on the Corredor Tren bioceánico project.


The SDC's support for the right to education

12.12.2017 — Article DEZA
Some 264 million children and young people worldwide have no access to education. UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 examines what various stakeholders must do to help tackle this problem. In this interview, education expert Sabina Handschin explains what the report means for the SDC.


Hindu Kush Himalayas: joining forces to combat the impact of climate change

11.12.2017 — Article DEZA
The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has been hit hard by the impact of climate change. To help the local people successfully adapt to this new reality, the SDC is supporting the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organisation provides eight countries in the region with a platform for creating and adopting new approaches to sustainable mountain development.


Human rights at the centre of the fight against poverty and humanitarian aid

10.12.2017 — Article DEZA
On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) takes stock of its efforts to promote human rights. The SDC aims to promote these rights in all its activities by adopting a people-centred approach while enhancing compliance with human rights obligations by duty bearers and strengthening people's ability to exercise their rights.


Swiss initiative to promote human rights compliance at mega sporting events

30.11.2017 — Media release EDA
As host to some of the most important international sports federations, Switzerland has launched a landmark initiative on mega sporting events and human rights: at the opening of the two-day 2017 Sporting Chance Forum in Geneva on 30 November, Switzerland laid the foundations for new international standards in this area together with sports associations, athletes, states, sponsors, NGOs and international organisations.


Tunisian delegation in Switzerland for bilateral and interdisciplinary exchange on preventing violent extremism and combating terrorism

20.11.2017 — Media release EDA
A delegation comprising eight representatives from the Tunisian national counter-terrorism commission and other ministries is currently in Switzerland for a bilateral exchange on preventing violent extremism (PVE) and combating terrorism. The visit, initiated and organised by the FDFA, is one of the concrete results to have emerged from the declaration of intent signed by the Swiss and Tunisian governments on cooperation in PVE and reflects the will of both countries to take action.


Fine della COP23: un segnale chiaro per il clima da parte della comunità internazionale

18.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Si è conclusa a Bonn il 18 novembre 2017 la 23a Conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sul clima (COP23). Nell'ambito della Conferenza presieduta dalle Isole Figi, gli Stati hanno espresso il loro impegno a favore del clima e dell'Accordo di Parigi. Inoltre hanno trovato un accordo sui documenti di base che riassumono le diverse posizioni su tutti i punti da negoziare per elaborare le regole di attuazione dell'accordo. Dette regole dovrebbero essere adottate nel 2018 nel corso della prossima Conferenza per il clima.


“Switzerland is one of the most progressive countries”

16.11.2017 — Article DEZA

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the international community in 2015 and has been in effect since 2016. What progress has been made so far? What are the next steps? Interview with Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Sustainable Global Development.


Central Mediterranean Region: Better Protection of Refugees and Migrants and the Fight against Smugglers

13.11.2017 — Media release EDA
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. The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route to North Africa by strengthening the prevention of migrant smuggling, combating human trafficking and supporting the voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin.


Markus Seiler new head of the FDFA’s General Secretariat

08.11.2017 — Media release EDA
On 8 November 2017, Markus René Seiler was appointed as the next general secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the recommendation of the head of the department, Ignazio Cassis. Mr Seiler, who is currently the head of the Federal Intelligence Service, will take up his new position on 1 December.

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