Humanitarian Assistance and Protection

In addition to the four domains of cooperation, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine will be closely monitored so that humanitarian actions can be rapidly implemented if necessary. Swiss support to international and multilateral organisations will continue according to needs and financial possibilities. In order to complement this support, direct bilateral interventions may be implemented as well, and Swiss expertise from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) will be made available through secondments to UN and other institutions. For humanitarian actions a clear geographical focus will be laid on the East of the country. The focus will be on emergency aid, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), World Food Programme (WFP) and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be main partners.

Respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) in the armed conflict is crucial. Therefore, dialogue with all parties to the conflict about their obligations under international law, demarches and the mainstreaming of protection aspects in humanitarian assistance will be important aspects of Swiss engagement.

Projects at a glance

  • Swiss humanitarian transports to Eastern Ukraine (water, health)

  • Emergency assistance to conflict-affected population in Eastern Ukraine (food, shelter)