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Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York
ACT - the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency Group
As the coordinator, Switzerland has the pleasure to announce the official launch of the new group of states called ACT on May 2nd, 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Fact Sheet (pdf, 127 Kb)
- Security Council - Open debate - Women and peace and security (100 Kb, pdf)
17 April 2013 - Switzerland delivered a statement for the Open Debate of the Security Council on Women and peace and security.
- General Assembly – 67th session – Role of International Criminal Justice in Reconciliation (233 Kb, pdf)
11 April 2013 – Switzerland delivered a statement for the Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on the Role of International Criminal Justice in Reconciliation.
- Disarmament Commission - General Debate (164 Kb, pdf)
1st April 2013 - In its statement, Switzerland stresses that “as the challenges pile up, the UN institutions dealing with disarmament no longer seem able to respond adequately to expectations.” As a specialized forum for deliberations within the United Nations disarmament machinery, the UNDC “has failed to adopt any recommendations of substance for what has now been 13 years. The value added to the process of disarmament and arms control by the UNDC is today questionable.”
This year’s session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the ECOSOC has begun in New York on 4 March 2013. The priority theme spotlights possibilities for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
- Swiss Statement at CSW (100 Kb, pdf)
7 March 2013: Switzerland delivered a statement at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
In the wings of the CSW meeting, Mr Benno Bättig, Secretary-General of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, met Ms Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
The numerous allegations of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Syria need to be investigated and those responsible on all sides of the conflict brought before court. Switzerland, supported by 56 other countries, lodged this request with the UN Security Council in a letter on 14 January 2013. The best means of ensuring justice would be to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Switzerland is convinced that no lasting peace is possible in Syria without taking consistent action against impunity.
Press release (pdf, 83 Kb)
Letter to the Security Council concerning Syria (pdf, 21 Kb)
Swiss priorities at the United Nations General Assembly (pdf, 60 Kb)
Switzerland has defined its priorities for the 67. General Assembly. These include a better coordination of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, the active participation in the Rio+20 follow up process, human rights, the promotion of civil capacities and mediation in the pursuit of peace and security, reforms (concerning for ex. the working methods of the Security Council as well as budget and management) and the promotion of the International Geneva.
10 Years of Swiss Membership in the UN
2002, Switzerland was the 190th State to join the UN. What are the conclusions and perspectives ten years later? In this folder you will find a considerable number of background information, including examples, a factsheet, and frequently asked questions.
Watch the video: 10 Reasons Why Switzerland Engages With the United Nations
Working Methods of the Security Council
Since 2006, Switzerland together with Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Jordan and Singapore (collectively labelled the “Small Five” or S-5) has pushed for improving the working methods of the Security Council. The goal is to create more transparency, accountability and legitimacy of this important UN-body.
UN News Centre – Top Stories
The PGA Handbook. A practical guide to the United Nations General Assembly (PDF, 6358 Kb)
ABC Switzerland – UN (pdf, 1566 Kb)
Switzerland – Host State (en/fr) (pdf, 1748 Kb)