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Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York
Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, current director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has been appointed commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
29.10.2013 – Switzerland delivered a statement on reforming the working methods of the Security Council. It spoke in its capacity as the coordinator of ACT, a cross-regional group of 22 states striving to improve the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency in the Council’s activities.
Statement (pdf, 394 Kb)
Fact Sheet (pdf, 528 Kb)
28.10.2013 – Switzerland requests a profound reform of the budget process. Statement (pdf, 156 Kb)
From 23 to 27 September 2013, Mr. Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation, and Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, participated in the High-Level Segment of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
On 24 September, the President delivered a speech to the General Assembly. The Minister of foreign affairs attended a series of conferences on topical issues.
Follow the Swiss activities throughout the week on the following link:
Switzerland at the 68th Session of the GA.
Switzerland has hosted two high-level side events:
- High Level Side Event on «Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence»
25 September 2013, 8:00 a.m. at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN.
The protection of civilians in armed conflicts remains a major concern for the international community. Every day, the media remind us of often massive violations of the rights of the civilian population – for example in Syria. Respect for international law continues to be a key challenge. H.E. Mr. Ueli Maurer, president of the Swiss Confederation, will host this high-level side event. Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, as well as Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, will participate in the panel. Addressing the challenges to enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflicts and other situation of violence (pdf, 38 Kb)
- High Level Side Event on «Tackling Water Risks to Ensure a Sustainable Future»
25 September 2013, 1:15 p.m. at UN Headquarters
In the framework of the discussion on global Sustainable Development Goals Switzerland promotes a comprehensive goal on water in support of life, well-being, economic development, and the environment. In order to catalyse the political will of governments, the private sector and civil society groups to seriously address water challenges, the Swiss Government and its partners are organising the thematic ministerial event «Tackling Water Risks to Ensure a Sustainable Future». The event is co-hosted by Didier Burkhalter, foreign minister of Switzerland. Tackling Water Risks to Ensure a Sustainable Future (pdf, 493 Kb)
Swiss priorities at the United Nations General Assembly (pdf, 74 Kb) For the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly Switzerland has set a series of priorities including the following: active shaping of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG), especially by promoting specific objectives in the areas of water, health and gender equality; contribution to a substantial dialog on migration and development for ex. by promoting the innovative Swiss approach of migration partnerships; strengthening peace and security by promoting nuclear disarmament as well as preventative capacities; promoting human rights and advocating accountability – if necessary by making use of the system of international criminal justice (as in the case of Syria); strengthening the efficiency of the humanitarian system for ex. by improving the access to victims and the protection of civilians; approval of an UN budget 2014-15 which makes efficient use of the limited resources and ensures the financing of the renovation of the Palais des Nations in Geneva; campaigning for necessary reforms of the administration as well as of the working methods of the Security Council; strengthening the role of the International Geneva.
Working Methods of the Security Council
Switzerland pursues the improvement of the Council’s working methods as a member and coordinator of a group of states called ACT (short for Accountability, Coherence and Transparency). This group was founded in May 2013 building upon the work of the earlier smaller group of five countries called the Small 5.
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