Switzerland is a reliable partner with an independent foreign policy. We say what we do and do what we say. As a member of the Security Council, we will continue to stand up for peace, with no hidden agenda. 

Switzerland has a long tradition as a neutral and independent state. We have had no colonial possessions and have never aligned ourselves militarily. The firm belief that respect for the rule of law and the realisation of human rights for all are the foundations for peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies guides our foreign policy.

Openness and independence form the backbone of Swiss foreign policy. Dialogue, confidence building and consensus-seeking are in our country’s DNA. Switzerland’s experience and our engagement in the UN encourage us to lead by example. We will be a responsive Security Council member, collaborating with and serving the interests of the wider membership.

The year 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of Switzerland joining the United Nations as a full member. For the first time, Switzerland presented its candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2023–24 period, and was elected by the General Assembly on 9 June 2022.

We are committed to a strong, effective multilateral system. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, we will continue working for humanity, sustainable development, multilateralism, innovation, and peace.

Thank you for supporting Switzerland at the UN Security Council elections in June 2022.


Address by Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation