When Switzerland joined the United Nations

A picture for the history books: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (middle) shakes hands on September 10, 2002 with the then Swiss president Kaspar Villiger (left) and foreign minister Joseph Deiss. Keystone

Until September 10, 2002, what did Switzerland have in common with the Vatican and East Timor?

This content was published on September 10, 2017 - 10:00

They were not members of the UN, and shared observer status at proceedings of the world body at its New York headquarters.

We dipped into the archives to see how covered the news of September 10, 2002 when the UN General Assembly welcomed Switzerland to the club. And we highlight our analysis of Swiss membership ten years on.


In 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke to the Swiss parliament in Bern to mark the 10th anniversary, calling Switzerland the 'world's watchmakers'.

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