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Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR - Switzerland donates masks for relief work on the ground

While supplies in Switzerland are guaranteed, protective equipment and sanitation facilities in some African countries are often in short supply

A global pandemic does not only pose a threat to people. It is also a major obstacle for humanitarian aid. If protective equipment is not available, it is not possible to provide assistance on the ground. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is therefore donating three million face masks in response to this…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Switzerland supports development banks in reducing poverty and dealing with crises

COVID-19 crisis is threatening to jeopardise the progress made in reducing poverty and improving health and living standards made in recent decades in many developing countries

Switzerland is to contribute CHF 879 million to the coffers of the International Development Association (IDA/World Bank) and of the African Development Fund (ADF) to help fight poverty, promote sustainable development and deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s poorest countries. Switzerland…

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Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo pays state visit to Switzerland

The two delegations discussed ways in which social aspects and environmental standards could be given greater consideration

On Friday, 28 February, the full Federal Council, led by President Simonetta Sommaruga, received the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is paying a state visit to Switzerland. The main subjects addressed during official talks at the Bernerhof included economic relations, cooperation on environmental matters, and peace and…

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Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms

The locust infestation is threatening to destroy the progress achieved in recent years and could cause new waves of population displacement

East Africa has been hit by a massive infestation of desert locusts. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is donating CHF 1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As the situation evolves, the SDC…

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Ignazio Cassis visits Swiss projects in cyclone-stricken Mozambique

Switzerland was among the first to provide assistance after Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique in March and Cyclone Kenneth in the north of the country in April

On the second day of his trip to Mozambique, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visited Swiss humanitarian aid projects in the country. In Beira in central Mozambique he saw first-hand the scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March 2019 and the measures taken in its wake. Switzerland was…

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Ignazio Cassis attends the ceremony marking the signing of Swiss-brokered peace treaty in Mozambique

This peace accord was in large measure concluded thanks to Swiss support

Together with other high-ranking members of the international community, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, took part earlier today in a ceremony marking the signing of the peace accord between RENAMO and FRELIMO, the opposing sides in Mozambique's civil war. This peace accord was…

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Ambassador Mirko Manzoni is appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Mozambique

Switzerland has played a key role in Mozambique for many years

On 8 July 2019, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mirko Manzoni, the Swiss ambassador in Maputo, as his Personal Envoy for Mozambique. The FDFA welcomes this decision which recognises Switzerland’s longstanding commitment to the UN and underlines its active role in the ongoing peace process in Mozambique. Ambassador Manzoni…

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Swiss facilitation process in Cameroon

Switzerland is acting as a facilitator in the crisis in north-western and south-western Cameroon

At the request of the parties, Switzerland is acting as a facilitator in the crisis in north-western and south-western Cameroon. To this end, a second preparatory meeting with various Cameroonian opposition groups took place in Switzerland between 25 and 27 June 2019. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), working…

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Rockets fired on Tripoli: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) calls for end to fighting in Libya and for universal support for the political process

Switzerland calls on all parties to the conflict to put an end to military operations and guarantee a truce to allow humanitarian operations to proceed

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is gravely concerned about the military escalation following the attack launched by the Libyan National Army on 4 April and the subsequent fighting around Tripoli. More than 100 people have lost their lives and thousands more have been forced to flee. The centre…

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Switzerland extends aid to disaster areas in south-east Africa

In addition, Switzerland is making two to four Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) members available to UN agencies responding on the ground to the flood disaster

Swiss Humanitarian Aid is dispatching further experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to the areas of Mozambique affected by Cyclone Idai. Their main focus will be on restoring the drinking water supply. Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will dispatch another…