New York: Switzerland finalizes its candidacy for the Security Council

The President of the Confederation and the head of diplomacy virtually presented the candidacy “One more for peace” to the representatives of the United Nations in New York.

The Swiss candidacy for the place of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2023-2024 entered its final phase on Friday. This seat would allow Switzerland to contribute to peace and security in the world, according to the Federal Council.

Meeting in front of the press this Friday, the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and the Federal Councilor Igniazio Cassis announced that they had presented the candidacy “A plus for peace” the day before to the representatives of the missions to the UN in New York. . The two federal advisers should have gone to the United States, but the event finally took place virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland’s candidacy was officially presented in 2011. A non-permanent seat in the highest UN body would allow Switzerland to “commit to achieving its foreign policy objectives and to put its forces at the service. of peace and security, ”said the Federal Council in a press release. The choices will be made in an election in New York in June 2022.

The contribution of consensus

In her video speech, the President of the Confederation underlined the importance of dialogue and the search for consensus. She recalled that Switzerland strives first and foremost to find consensual solutions and that only dialogue can lead to lasting solutions.

Ignazio Cassis, for his part, insisted on Switzerland’s commitment to the rule of law, democracy, peace and security. Switzerland is recognized as a reliable partner with a long tradition of promoting peace, underlined the Minister of Foreign Affairs.


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