The central aim of our arms control and disarmament efforts is to improve the stability of the international system, thereby bolstering security in Switzerland. Any conflict, whether near or far, can adversely affect our domestic security and national interests. Moreover, there is a direct link with Switzerland’s status as a permanently neutral state. Given that it is not a member of a military alliance, Switzerland alone is responsible for its security. This is why it is in its interests to work towards arms control and disarmament with a view to safeguarding international peace. Finally, Switzerland’s commitment to disarmament is in keeping with its long humanitarian tradition and allows it to demonstrate its solidarity with the international community. Human safety is a centrepiece of the Swiss security agenda, hence our keenness to promote, strengthen and improve the relevant UN machinery, such as the Geneva Disarmament Conference.