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Ignazio Cassis receives Yemeni foreign minister in Geneva

13.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Yemen, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, in Geneva on 13 September. The official meeting focused on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, ceasefire prospects and the resumption of the political process. Under its MENA Strategy 2021–24 and the Cooperation Strategy for Yemen 2017–21, Switzerland is working for the protection of the civilian population in Yemen and supporting the UN peace efforts.


Afghanistan: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis attends ministerial meeting in Geneva

13.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, took part in a UN conference on Afghanistan in Geneva today. The international community convened to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and respond to the country's grave humanitarian needs. In view of the emergency situation, Switzerland plans to allocate an additional CHF 33 million in humanitarian aid. Mr Cassis held bilateral talks on the margins of the conference with various officials, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres.


Earthquake in Haiti: Switzerland ends its emergency aid and takes part in reconstruction activities

10.09.2021 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit's (SHA) emergency operations following the earthquake that hit Haiti on 14 August have ended. The activities on the ground helped restore access to drinking water, deliver relief goods and assess the structural soundness of buildings to avoid any risk of collapse in various towns. This aid reached over 20,000 people. The Swiss cooperation office, which has long been active in the country, is taking over and will continue its support projects on a long-term basis.


Largest Swiss aid transport under way for conflict zone in eastern Ukraine

05.09.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is currently carrying out its largest ever aid operation to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, a first convoy of a total of 144 lorries carrying Swiss relief supplies crossed the line of contact bound for Donetsk, accompanied by six members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA). Swiss Humanitarian Aid is providing local communities in need in the conflict zone with water treatment chemicals, hospital equipment and medical material to combat the pandemic. In total, the aid delivered amounts to around CHF 12 million.


60 years of serving local populations: The SDC is ever more evolving and adapting

02.09.2021 — Press release EDA
The Technical Assistance Service, the predecessor of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), was established in 1961. Despite many challenges over the past 60 years, the SDC has made a significant contribution to sustainable development across a broad range of areas. To mark the anniversary, the SDC will organise a live event, with the participation of Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, which will present an overview of Switzerland's international cooperation activities.


Message in a bottle for a sustainable future

24.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Building a sustainable future with one million actions: this is the aim of the '1 Million Youth Actions Challenge' (1MYAC) initiative launched by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Gletsch (VS) on 24 August 2021. Pupils from Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus and César Ritz College in Brig sent a message in a bottle on a journey freighted with symbolism from the source of the Rhône, and called on other young people aged 10 to 30 to do likewise.


Haiti earthquake: Switzerland sends specialists and allocates CHF 1 million in relief support

19.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The toll of deaths and casualties from Saturday's earthquake in Haiti continues to rise. After the quake, Switzerland immediately mobilised specialised personnel and material to support the Haitian civil protection services. Switzerland is running its humanitarian aid operations from its embassy in Port-au-Prince, while a team from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit has been dispatched from Bern to assist. Switzerland is providing CHF 1 million to support emergency operations.


SDC and SECO promote projects by committed young people

18.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs are launching the second Swiss Youth and Future prize 'Together we're better'. The goal: recognising and promoting young people's projects. The projects aim to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people in the Global South and contribute to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All teams with eligible entries can present their project at the International Cooperation Forum Switzerland.


Swiss staff evacuated from SDC cooperation office in Kabul

16.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is concerned about the grave security situation in Afghanistan. Given the events of the last few days, the FDFA has temporarily closed the cooperation office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and had its Swiss staff flown out of Kabul. On 16 August 2021, the three remaining staff members landed in Doha. They will travel to Switzerland from there as soon as possible. Three other staff members had already left Kabul. Efforts are under way to find a solution for local personnel so that the FDFA's local employees and their immediate families can also leave Afghanistan.


Fires in Greece: Swiss emergency deployment completed

15.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The firefighting operation carried out by Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Armed Forces in Greece came to an end on 14 August 2021. The three Super Pumas and their crews, together with the Swiss Humanitarian Aid rapid response team, supported the Greek authorities in the forest fire suppression operations for seven days. In total, Swiss helicopters carried out 226 rotations and dropped more than 386 tonnes of water on the fires.


COVID-19: Switzerland sends 13 tonnes of medical supplies to Vietnam

11.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is helping Vietnam to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is sending 30 ventilators, 500,000 antigen tests and 280,000 medical face masks to the country, which has been hit hard by the virus. The consignment includes 5 million francs' worth of relief supplies.

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