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The Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York promotes Switzerland's interests at the UN Headquarters, in line with the country’s foreign policy goals. It participates in the work of the UN’s principal organs (General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council) as well as in the different United Nations Funds and Development Programmes

On thematic issues, Switzerland is active in all three pillars of the UN mandate: peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. The main focus of its activities is:

  • The reform of the UN system with the goal of improving its efficiency, efficacy and transparency
  • The implementation of Agenda 2030 on sustainable development
  • The promotion and the respect of human rights, gender equality and the protection of civilians
  • The strengthening of International Geneva

2030 Agenda

Beginning in 2016, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets the globally applicable framework for national and international efforts to find shared solutions to the world's greatest challenges.

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International Geneva

The city of Geneva has a long tradition of hosting international organisations. For that reason, reference is made to "International Geneva". This acknowledges not only its pivotal role in terms of cooperation but also its position at the forefront of multilateral diplomacy. Learn more

First-time candidate to the UN Security Council

For the first time, Switzerland is a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The elections for the 2023–24 period will be held in New York in June 2022. Switzerland officially submitted its candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2011.

Under the slogan ‘A Plus for Peace’, the Swiss candidacy was presented online to the representatives of all UN missions in New York in October 2020.

Learn more about Switzerland's candidature on the dedicated website: www.aplusforpeace.ch

International Gender Champions

International Gender Champions is a leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. We launched at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, July 2015.

As of this writing, the network numbers over 235 active Champions and Alumni who are the heads of International Organizations, Permanent Missions, and Civil Society Organizations.

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