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Switzerland's candidature for the UN Security Council
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Twenty years after joining the UN, Switzerland is seeking its first non-permanent mandate on the UN Security Council for a two-year term. The Federal Council approved the candidature and made its submission in 2011 after extensive consultations with Parliament. Since then, the decision has been repeatedly confirmed by both the Federal Council and Parliament. The election for the term from 1.1.2023 to 31.12.2024 will be held by the UN General Assembly with its 193 member states in New York in June 2022.
Switzerland's candidature is a continuation of its engagement for peace and security within the UN and throughout the world. Since joining the UN in 2002, Switzerland has held key positions in all of the organisation's major bodies except for the Security Council. The Federal Constitution states that Switzerland is committed to a "just and peaceful international order", the same goal as the UN Security Council. That is why the Federal Council has identified Switzerland's candidature as a key part of its peace and security thematic focus area in its 2020–23 foreign policy strategy.
Switzerland is "A Plus for Peace"! This slogan of the candidature is visually represented by a Swiss cross (the "Plus") that turns into a dove of peace.

More information on Switzerland's profile at the UN is available on www.aplusforpeace.ch.
Membership of the UN Security Council...
Security Council membership does not entail any additional legal, political or financial obligations towards the UN. Switzerland's candidature is fully compatible with the country's neutrality, as detailed in the Federal Council's report of 5 June 2015 (see link below). In the Security Council, independent voices such as Switzerland's – that are committed to a global order based on the rule of law and have the ability to build bridges between the various camps – are more important than ever. This has also been highlighted by the experiences of other neutral countries such as Austria, Ireland and Sweden, who have repeatedly served on the Security Council and continue to seek further terms as non-permanent members.
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Switzerland’s candidacy for the UN Security Council enters final phase, press release 30.10.2020
Switzerland’s candidacy for the UN Security Council enters final phase, article 30.10.2020
Federal Council presents ways to involve Parliament during Switzerland's prospective term on UN Security Council
Federal Council approves report on Switzerland's candidature for non-permanent seat on UN Security Council, press release 05.06.2015
Federal Council Report 2015: Switzerland's candidature for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2023-2024 term
Switzerland registers its candidature for the UN Security Council for 2023-24, press release 12.01.2011
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Switzerland's candidature for the UN Security Council: Questions & answers (PDF, 278.3 kB, German)
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