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 minutes and agencies

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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