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Arab-Swiss Water Day in Bern

27.03.2017 — Article DEZA

As part of the Arab-DAC Dialogue on Development in Bern, Switzerland is organising an additional conference day with key Arab donor institutions on Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Water and Sanitation for All. The discussions will focus on promoting durable and innovative approaches to ensure the sustainable management of water, which is a vital resource.


Switzerland plays key role in development policy dialogue with Arab donors

27.03.2017 — Media release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is hosting this year's dialogue between the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee and Arab donors, aimed at implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires coordinated action by all donors as well as targeted and effective deployment of limited resources. The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are among the biggest sources of development finance. The event, being held in Bern on 27–28 March, complements the SDC's wider development policy dialogue with Arab donors, which also takes place in the Gulf region.


Hope for children and young people in humanitarian crises – Switzerland’s contribution

24.03.2017 — Media release EDA
What contribution is Switzerland making to prevent a whole generation from being lost to humanitarian crises? What is it doing to create new prospects for the more than 30 million children and young people worldwide who are currently refugees? These questions were the focus of the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) held at the Kursaal in Bern. During the conference entitled 'Generating hope for children and youth in humanitarian crises', Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter and the Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Manuel Sager spoke about Switzerland's commitment to restoring hope for the future to young people caught up in humanitarian crises.


AQUA – Art to draw attention to the uneven distribution of water

22.03.2017 — Article DEZA

Switzerland is supporting the travelling exhibition AQUA, which will open to the public in Geneva on 22 March on the occasion of World Water Day. AQUA is a project by ART for The World, an NGO that links up contemporary art, human rights and sustainable development. At AQUA, thirty contemporary artists from across the world will seek to show through their works that water is a shared responsibility.


Migration along the central Mediterranean route: Switzerland and eight other countries coordinate activities (fr)

20.03.2017 — Media release DEZA

Les pays directement concernés par la route migratoire reliant l’Afrique à l’Europe par la Méditerranée centrale veulent mieux coordonner leurs activités. La conseillère fédérale Simonetta Sommaruga a échangé dimanche 19 et lundi 20 mars à Rome avec ses homologues de huit pays européens et nord-africains sur des approches communes pour relever les défis liés à cette route migratoire. La priorité est de sauver des vies et de lutter contre le trafic d’êtres humains. La Suisse a insisté sur la nécessité de mieux protéger les migrants, en particulier ceux qui sont bloqués en Afrique du Nord.    


Visite officielle du président sénégalais Macky Sall en Suisse

20.03.2017 — Media release EDA
Le lundi 20 mars 2017, le président du Sénégal, Macky Sall, a effectué la première visite officielle en Suisse depuis 2001 d’un chef d’État sénégalais. La présidente de la Confédération, Doris Leuthard, a reçu le Président Sall avec les honneurs militaires à la résidence du Lohn, à Kehrsatz (BE). Les relations économiques entre les deux pays, les échanges dans le domaine de la formation, la coopération en matière d’économie et des droits de l’homme ainsi que la collaboration à l’échelon international ont été au centre des entretiens officiels.


Humanitarian principles on the school curriculum

15.03.2017 — Article DEZA

Project Humanity, which was initiated by the SDC, familiarises students with the four humanitarian principles. They get an idea of how humanitarian aid works and how they can integrate it in their day-to-day lives. We visited a class at the Wiedikon cantonal school in Zurich.


UN session on women’s economic empowerment: Switzerland campaigns for equal pay

13.03.2017 — Media release EDA
The 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will kick off on 13 March 2017 in New York. Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work is the focus of this year’s session. Equal pay will be one of the focal points of Switzerland's efforts during the session. Representing the country is a delegation led by FDFA Secretary General Benno Bättig and Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality Sylvie Durrer. Together with other partners, Switzerland is launching the Global Equal Pay Coalition, which seeks to eliminate wage inequality by 2030.


Women respond to the effects of climate change and natural disasters

06.03.2017 — Article DEZA

Women generally suffer more than men do from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. This observation leads the SDC to develop a targeted strategy of supporting projects in which women play an important role in their own social and economic emancipation.


The SDC ends it work in Bhutan amid encouraging signs of a burgeoning democracy

06.03.2017 — Article DEZA

Switzerland's development cooperation with Bhutan began in the mid-1960s. The SDC funded rural development projects run by Helvetas for several decades before getting involved in the governance sector upon the request of the Bhutanese authorities. Within 10 years, clear progress had been made. The SDC's work in Bhutan is coming to an end in early 2017.


Peace talks in Mozambique: Switzerland accepts coordinating role

01.03.2017 — Media release EDA
The president of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and the leader of the main opposition party (RENAMO), Afonso Dhlakama, have asked Switzerland to chair the contact group that will accompany talks between the two parties to the conflict towards a peace accord in Mozambique. Switzerland accepted the role in accordance with its foreign policy strategy.


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