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.
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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