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Swiss aim for UN Security Council in 2023-24

Bern has decided to register Switzerland on the list of candidates for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2023-2024.

This content was published on January 12, 2011 - 13:53
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Membership of the Security Council would give Switzerland an additional instrument to represent its interests and to achieve its foreign policy objectives, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Within the UN, Switzerland belongs to the western regional group, WEOG, that is entitled to two non-permanent seats on the Security Council every two years. The period 2023-2024 is the earliest possible period for which other countries from this group have not already registered their candidature. The elections are scheduled for 2022.

The cabinet believed a seat on the Security Council was compatible with Switzerland’s neutrality and would not have any adverse effects on its policy of providing good offices.

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