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SDC prolongs support for Kantha Bopha children's hospitals in Cambodia for five more years

17.03.2023 — Press release EDA
The Kantha Bopha children's hospitals, founded by Dr Beat Richner in 1992, have made a major contribution to improving the health system in Cambodia over the past 30 years. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has backed these efforts since the very beginning and will continue to support the hospitals until 2027. On March 17, 2023, SDC Director General Patricia Danzi signed an agreement to this effect with the Kantha Bopha Foundation.

Switzerland pledges 15 million francs to the Bamboo-UNCDF Initiative for the Least Developed (BUILD) Fund

09.03.2023 — Press release EDA
Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is highlighted in the Swiss International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24 as an important modality to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction. As part of the ambition to partner with the private sector in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) committed 15 million Swiss francs for the Bamboo-UNCDF Initiative for the Least Developed (BUILD) Fund.

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Switzerland sends more experts and material

23.02.2023 — Press release EDA
Doctors, engineers, winter tents: Swiss Humanitarian Aid is continuing to support people affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. It has now been over two weeks since the devastating earthquake and people in the affected areas are still desperately in need of humanitarian assistance. Some CHF 8 million has already been made available to aid the survivors.

Switzerland continues winter aid deliveries to Ukraine

23.12.2022 — Press release EDA
The harsh winter is posing a severe threat to millions of Ukrainians. Many are without electricity and heating due to targeted attacks on the country's energy infrastructure. Switzerland is organising its next consignment of humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian population, with 40 heaters and an equal number of generators. The lorries loaded with this equipment left for Ukraine today.

Pakistan: Switzerland responds to needs of populations affected by flooding

15.09.2022 — Press release EDA
Pakistan is experiencing one of the worst disasters in its history. Almost a third of the country has been left under water by a monsoon of unprecedented proportions. The Pakistani authorities have launched an appeal for international aid in light of the scale of the needs. Switzerland has responded with a CHF 3 million contribution in support of emergency relief measures. It has also deployed a Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit team.

Switzerland prioritises prevention and preparedness at international conference on disaster risk reduction in Bali

24.05.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will participate in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the largest international conference on disaster risk reduction, in Bali, Indonesia, from 23 to 28 May 2022. Government representatives and experts from business, academia and civil society will discuss global policies to prevent disasters and emergencies. The conference will mobilise governments, the UN system and key stakeholders to step up disaster risk reduction efforts and advance the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Working together to seek solutions to the challenges of climate change

31.03.2022 — Press release EDA
President Ignazio Cassis today opened the International Cooperation Forum 2022 in Geneva. Over two days, around 1,600 people from many sectors will work together to find new solutions to the problems caused by climate change and challenges facing international cooperation. The hybrid forum was launched by the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and will take place annually.

President Cassis announces further Swiss aid for people in need in Afghanistan

31.03.2022 — Press release EDA
President of the Swiss Confederation and head of the FDFA Ignazio Cassis attended a UN conference on Afghanistan on 31 March. Humanitarian needs in Afghanistan became more acute as the winter wore on. The UN conference was therefore an opportunity to discuss further action needed to help the crisis-hit country and vulnerable communities. Switzerland intends to allocate CHF 30 million towards aid efforts in Afghanistan before the end of 2022.

Drought in Horn of Africa: Switzerland announces new funding to help people in Somalia and Ethiopia

25.03.2022 — Press release EDA
The Horn of Africa is being ravaged by one of the worst droughts in recent history. About 10 million people in Ethiopia and Somalia – including large numbers of women, children and elderly people – are facing an existential threat caused by severe food shortages. Switzerland is gravely concerned about the current drought in the region and has allocated CHF 10.8 million to support the people affected by the crisis.

World Water Day 2022: FDFA launches new water guidelines

22.03.2022 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is firmly committed to ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation for the neediest. To coincide with the 9th World Water Forum from 21 to 26 March 2022 and World Water Day on 22 March 2022, the FDFA is launching its Guidelines on Water 2022–25, which reaffirm Switzerland's efforts in this field. Clear principles and priorities are set forward for reinforcing Switzerland's effectiveness and coherence in its work in the water sector.

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