Archive 2013

Swiss national appointed commissioner general of UNRWA

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.

Press release

Information about UNRWA

High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

Federal Councillor Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga03.10.2013 - The Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister of Justice and Police, delivered a statement at the side event “Making the Case for Migration in the Post-2015 Agenda”. This special event was organized by Switzerland together with Bangladesh on the occasion of the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. It was hosted by Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga and Ambassador Md. Shahidul Haque, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh.

Swiss Statement (pdf, 128 Kb)

Christoph Schelling appointed to the UN expert panel on tax matters

On 26 July 2013, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), formalised the appointment of Ambassador Christoph Schelling, State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF), to the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. Mr. Schelling, a Swiss national, had been nominated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June 2013.

Press release (pdf, 31 Kb)

UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

Solar Impulse - the first plane to fly day and night using no fuel

Ambassador Paul Seger, André Borschberg, SG Ban Ki-moon, Bertrand PiccardThe presentation of this fascinating project took place on Tuesday, 9 July 2013, in the ECOSOC Chamber - UN Secretariat Building.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered opening remarks.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the founders and co-pilots of “Solar Impulse”, presented their visionary journey.

Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN delivered a statement (pdf, 76 Kb).

Presence Switzerland Makes a Very Positive Assessment of Solar Impulse’s American Adventure. Read more

For more information please visit the official website of Solar Impulse.

Launch of SanctionsApp

Switzerland has launched the new App on UN sanctions compatible with iPhone, iPad, and android devices. The Sanctions App is a significant new resource for UN and Member States’ policymakers in designing UN targeted sanctions. It is based on the extensive database compiled by the Targeted Sanctions Consortium TSC of all UN targeted sanctions imposed since 1991. The App contains an extensive menu of language used to impose targeted sanctions (including types of prohibitions, scope limitations, implementation features, and others), numerous cross-references to detailed summaries, as well as a checklist for prompting important issues for practitioners to consider.

UN Sanctions App

"Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War"

Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN delivers the opening remarks at the event "Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War" on 6 June 2013: "The Security Council should remember its prime responsibility of preventing wars, before having to intervene." 

Speech (PDF, Number of pages 4, 18.3 kB)

Program (PDF, Number of pages 2, 123.4 kB)

Switzerland signs Arms Trade Treaty

On 3 June 2013, Ambassador Paul Seger, Switzerland’s permanent representative to the UN, signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the official ceremony in New York. Switzerland was one of the first states to sign. Ambassador Paul Seger emphasised the importance that the ATT is implemented as soon as possible in order to combat effectively the negative consequences of the international trade in conventional weapons.

Press release, June 4, 2013

Swiss Statement (PDF, Number of pages 3, 93.9 kB)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

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.

Press release, February 28, 2013

Swiss statement, March 7, 2013 (PDF, Number of pages 5, 102.5 kB)

Mr. Benno Bättig meets Ms Michelle Bachelet

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. 

Switzerland asks the UN Security Council to refer the serious crimes committed in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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, January 14, 2013

 Letter to the Security Council concerning Syria