Start of page

15 years of Swiss UN membership

Fifteen years after joining the UN, Switzerland has established itself within the organisation and is playing an active role in it. In this interview, Jürg Lauber and Valentin Zellweger provide insights into the strategies pursued by Switzerland at the UN. This multimedia dossier on Switzerland's first 15 years as a member of the UN also includes an online quiz.

10.09.2002: The President of the Swiss Confederation, Kaspar Villiger, Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and FDFA head Joseph Deiss walk to the Swiss delegation's desk at the UN General Assembly in New York.
10.09.2002: Kaspar Villiger walks, followed by Joseph Deiss on the right and Jeno Staehelin on the left, to the Swiss delegation's desk at the UN General Assembly in New York. (© Keystone/Alessandro della Valle)

UN

193 member states and worldwide legitimacy; UN commitment to security, peace, fighting poverty, human rights and protecting natural resources

Last update 26.01.2022