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Ten Years of Swiss Membership in the UN (2012)
In 2002, Switzerland became the 190th Member State of the United Nations (UN). Since then, Switzerland has been actively using its membership in this most important organization worldwide – indeed the sole global international organization – as a platform to represent its interests and convictions.
After these first ten years, the results are positive, as can be borne witness to by the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the institution of the Office of the Ombudsperson in connection with the UN sanctions policy, both of which can be ascribed to the decisive role of Swiss commitment. Within the international community, Switzerland has been recognized as a proactive and self-confident team player appreciated for its solidarity. Switzerland is seeking election to the UN Security Council, the most powerful UN body, for the period 2023–2024.
Switzerland became a member of the UN on 10 September 2002. This short film takes stock of the past ten years and provides ten reasons why Switzerland will continue its commitment to the UN.
The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon paid a two-day official visit to Switzerland to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Switzerland's membership of the UN.
In 2002, the Swiss population voted to approve Switzerland’s membership in the UN. Since then, Switzerland has been actively engaged as a full member in this global Organization. The newly published ABC Switzerland – UN explains how Switzerland is implementing its commitment, the objectives it is pursuing, and the specific spheres in which it is active.
The Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter commented on Switzerland's UN engagement.
An up-to-date factsheet takes stock of the first ten years of Switzerland’s membership in the United Nations, and points out the future priorities and expectations of Switzerland’s commitment to the UN. Copious background information and specific examples are provided to illustrate the activities of Switzerland in this truly global organization.
Factsheet: ten years of Swiss Membership in the UN (pdf, 663 Kb)
Experts from the FDFA answer questions on the topic “Switzerland and the UN”. The aspects that are dealt with include: the costs and benefits of UN membership, the role of Switzerland in the Human Rights Council and in the UN Security Council, Switzerland’s relation to “international” Geneva, and Switzerland’s path to full membership in the UN.