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Interview with Manuel Bessler
150 years International Committee of the Red Cross
To protect the lives and dignity of the victims of armed conflict: Even today, 150 years after it was founded, this still remains the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC is the most important international partner of Swiss Humanitarian Aid. We asked Switzerland’s Delegate for humanitarian aid, Manuel Bessler, about the cooperation between the ICRC and Swiss Humanitarian Aid.
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Annual Conference of Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid

Friday, 15 March 2013, Kursaal Bern

A local SDC worker travelling to remote rural communities in south-east Myanmar. (©SDC)

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.

Media release, 15.3.2013

Welcome and opening

Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid and Head SHA

Switzerland’s humanitarian responsibility

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
«Le plus beau visage de l’humanité» (Speech, de, fr)

150 years of humanitarian action by the ICRC – challenges of the future

Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC
The ICRC and Switzerland’s Commitment

Access to victims – a challenge

Panel discussion between Peter Maurer, ICRC President and Ambassador Manuel Bessler

Mali: Limited access in a fragile context

Humanitarian opening due to change of context
The Commitment of the SDC in the Context of Mali

Film on aid for displaced people from northern Mali in the capital, Bamako (fr)

Film on aid for displaced people from northern Mali in the capital, Bamako (fr)

Syrian crisis: access in an armed conflict

Supporting the affected population in Syria and the refugees
The Commitment of the SDC in the Context of Syria

Film on the cash project for Syrian refugees (de)

Film on the cash project for Syrian refugees (de)

Myanmar: Hope thanks to access

Experiences in dealing with humanitarian access in the framework of SDC direct actions in the conflict-torn region of south-east Myanmar
The Commitment of the SDC in the Context of Myanmar

Film: Myanmar – a long road ahead (de)

Film: Myanmar – a long road ahead (de)

Facing challenges together

Interview with the SDC Director-General, Martin Dahinden, on «Fragile contexts – transition»

A career in humanitarian action

Ambassador Manuel Bessler discusses career choice with two graduated of SHA‘s training programme «programme vert»
Joining the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit SHA: Recruitment profile

The SHA – Swiss humanitarian aid in action

Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Delegate for Humanitarian Aid and head of SHA
Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit - SHA