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Patricia Danzi I Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation I Speech



CoCreate Humanity would like to thank Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, for the opening speech of our Humani-Concert.


The concert was recorded on 21st of March at the Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland.

Our Ambassador Julie Sévilla-Fraysse (cello) is performing with Sonia Moshnyager (alto), Lucile Podor (violin), Kévin Roby (trombone) and Guillaume Sigier (piano).


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The concert is dedicated to all the humanitarian workers, those of yesterday, of today and tomorrow, and it is also dedicated to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones while on a humanitarian assignment.


Thank you Patricia Danzi for your precious support and for your words that legitimate our initiative and the real necessity of the existence of this humanitarian peer support community.


It is time to take care of the carers, it is time to implement a real "culture of care" and not only a "duty of care".


We believe that humanitarian work is among the most fundamental human activities there is.

Nobody should be left behind or unduly suffer because of the choice to engage in humanitarian work.


CoCreate Humanity stands for the unconditional solidarity with all humanitarian workers worldwide.



Patricia Danzi - Biography


Patricia Danzi has been with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 1996, serving as a delegate, with increasing responsibilities, in the Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo), Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.

At head office, she was appointed Deputy Head of Operations for the Horn of Africa and Political Advisor to the Director of Operations. She served as Head of Operations for America between November 2008 and April 2015 and has been Regional Director for Africa from May 2015 until she assumed the post of director general of the SDC on 1 May 2020.


Patricia Danzi studied in Lincoln, Nebraska and in Zurich and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, geography and environmental science. She undertook postgraduate work in development studies in Geneva. She speaks seven languages.


Born in Switzerland, she is the daughter of a Swiss German secondary school teacher and a Nigerian diplomat and the eldest of six siblings. In her student days she taught mentally challenged children and spent time teaching in a township in South Africa just after Nelson Mandela was elected President. Patricia Danzi represented Switzerland in athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.


Source: https://www.eda.admin.ch/deza/en/home/sdc/organisation/directorate/patricia-danzi.html

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