A number of short films provide an insight into the SDC’s mission
Humanitarian Aid out on mission
What are the new strategic orientations of Switzerland’s international cooperation? Which principles guide and which instruments are applied in Switzerland’s international cooperation?
Humanitarian Aid: emergency aid and reconstruction
International humanitarian aid forms an important part of Swiss foreign policy and manifests the Swiss philosophy of solidarity with the real world. When disasters, crises and conflicts occur abroad it supports, on the one hand, the projects of other humanitarian organizations for the benefit of people in need. During and after crises and disasters it saves lives and relieves suffering, providing people with survival aid and supporting them in the reconstruction process.
|8 May 2013
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
On 8 May World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and the anniversary of the birth of its founder and Nobel laureate, Henry Dunant, were commemorated. This year, 2013, several special events have also been included in the calendar to mark 150 years of the ICRC. Switzerland is taking advantage of these anniversaries to pay tribute to the partners who are keeping its humanitarian tradition and commitment alive. On 8 May the FDFA emphasised the excellent relations and the close cooperation between Switzerland and the Swiss Red Cross.
World Press Freedom Day, “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”
|15 March 2013, Kursaal Bern
Annual Conference of Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid
Dedicated to the theme «Accessing the Victims – the Challenge» the Conference presented specific projects and programmes from the bilateral commitments of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) and the multilateral cooperation taking place in Mali, Syria, and Myanmar.
Twelve countries to practise rescue operations
Internationally deployable rescue teams have to undergo regular training. This is why Switzerland was conducting an international disaster relief exercise (SimEX) for the second time since 2011.
Switzerland joins “Friends of Yemen” group
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.
The Syrian crisis
Additional Information and Documents
- Switzerland’s contribution - The achievements of SDC in 2006–2010
Results in the areas of Health, Employment, Basic and further education, Agriculture, Rule of law and democracy, Water, Humanitarian Aid, Partnering with NGOs
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- Nomination d'un nouveau délégué à l'Aide humanitaire et vice-directeur de la DDC