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Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York
The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) begins on 10 March 2014 in New York. This year's session will focus on the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, which were set in 2000. For the first time, Switzerland is participating as a voting member of the commission for a period of four years and is representing the Western European and Others Regional Group (WEOG) for two years in the CSW office. In addition, Switzerland has been selected for the high-profile task of leading the negotiations on the final document of this year's session.
24 February 2014 - President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, in his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) briefed the Security Council on the occasion of the regular yearly briefing of the Security Council by the OSCE Chair.
President Burkhalter speaks about the priorities of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and the cooperation with the United Nations. He emphasizes the OSCE's willingness to play an active role with regard to the crisis in Ukraine and to provide expertise to support possible solutions.
19 February 2014 - Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, delivered a statement at the Security Council’s Open Debate on the Promotion and Strengthening of the Rule of Law in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
12 February 2014 - Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, delivered a statement at the Security Council’s Open Debate on The Protection of Civilians in armed conflict.
29 January 2014 - Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, delivered a statement at the Security Council’s Open Debate on Maintenance of international peace and security: war, its lessons, and the search for a permanent peace.
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.
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.
fACT sheet (pdf, 528 Kb)
29.10.2013 – Switzerland delivered a statement (pdf, 394 Kb) on reforming the working methods of the Security Council at the open debate on the working methods of the Security Council. It spoke in its capacity as the coordinator of ACT.
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