For the first time
Switzerland is now a member of the UN Security Council
Switzerland has been a member of the UN Security Council since this Sunday – for the first time, for two years and with a non-permanent seat. The country is represented by UN Ambassador Pascale Baeriswyl. Switzerland has been a member of the United Nations for 20 years.
International stage for Switzerland for the next two years: the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York. (archive image)
Switzerland will sit on the UN Security Council from January 2023 to December 2024. On June 9 last year in New York, the UN General Assembly voted 187 out of 192 votes for the country’s admission to the UN’s most important decision-making body.
The Federal Council wants to set four priorities in the UN Security Council. The aim is to promote sustainable peace, protect the civilian population, tackle climate security and increase efficiency. The state government announced the goals at the end of May. Parliament’s foreign policy commissions (APK) were able to comment on the key issues.
Switzerland is expected to build bridges and be impartial, Baeriswyl said in an interview with media representatives in Bern.