A long tradition of good offices: Switzerland is a reliable, neutral facilitator and mediator. We will continue to assist parties to a conflict in their search for a negotiated solution and help other actors, including the UN, in doing the same. In recent years, Switzerland has supported 17 peace processes and facilitated ceasefire negotiations in six countries. Our role as a protecting power, assuming consular and diplomatic tasks for states that have broken off relations, dates back to the late 19th century.
Switzerland is active in the field of peacebuilding, offering a wide range of tools and hands-on experience in the areas of rule of law, institution building and post-conflict reconstruction. Every year, over 200 Swiss civilian experts respond to requests from other states or international organisations. They may assist parties in the drawing up of transitional justice strategies or mediating conflicts. Switzerland also chairs the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. We are among the top 10 donors to the Peacebuilding Fund and back UN efforts to sustain peace and the review of the peacebuilding architecture.
Additionally, Switzerland is committed to strengthening the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a key element of peace and security. We were among the first countries worldwide to adopt a national action plan and help other countries draw up their own plans. Together with South Africa, Switzerland will chair the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network in 2022.
Peacekeeping: Switzerland supports UN peace operations by providing civilian and military personnel, sharing expertise and delivering training. Swiss Armed Forces currently serve in 18 countries where multilateral peace operations are deployed. In Africa, we collaborate with regional training centres in Bamako, Nairobi and Accra.
Disarmament and non-proliferation: Switzerland actively participates in arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation processes. We remain committed to a world without nuclear weapons. We are currently serving on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency and will chair the Missile Technology Control Regime in 2022–23. As new technologies evolve and new risks emerge, we will champion multilateral responses and cooperative approaches to cope with the challenges ahead.