Summit on Peace in Ukraine

On 15 and 16 June 2024, Switzerland is organising a Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the Bürgenstock (Canton of Nidwalden). The aim of that heads of state and government meeting, is to develop a common understanding of a path towards a just and lasting peace in Ukraine. This should be the basis for a peace process.

The logo of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, Bürgenstock - Lake Lucerne, 15-16 June 2024.
The logo of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine. © FDFA

24.05.2024 – 70 States and organisations have already confirmed their participation in the Summit on Peace in Ukraine

More than 70 confirmations of participation at Head of State and Government level and organisations have been registered so far. Half of the confirmations currently come from Europe and the other half from the rest of the world. 11 states have publicly announced their participation, including India, the President of the European Commission and Germany. 

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22.05.2024 

The Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer will attend the summit.

21.05.2024 – Why the Bürgenstock?

The Summit on Peace in Ukraine will take place on 15 and 16 June 2024 on the Bürgenstock in Canton of Nidwalden. The Bürgenstock is located high above Lake Lucerne and far away from larger cities, thus offering various advantages for the organisation of the summit.

Among other things, the Bürgenstock has the infrastructure and experience to hold a summit of this size. The Bürgenstock has already hosted several peace conferences in the past. On 19 January 2002, for example, a ceasefire agreement for the conflict in the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan was signed on the Bürgenstock following negotiations under Swiss auspices.

Summit on Peace in Ukraine:  pourquoi le Bürgenstock? (YouTube)

10.05.2024

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will attend the summit, as announced on X.

09.05.2024

The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, the President of Ireland, Simon Harris, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announce their participation in the summit.

08.05.2024

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, will take part in the summit, as announced on X. 

07.05.2024

Via X, Finnish President Alexander Stubb, Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced their participation in the Bürgenstock summit.

06.05.2024

Polish President Andrzej Duda informs via social media of his participation in the Summit on Peace in Ukraine.

02.05.2024

Switzerland invites over 160 delegations to the Summit on Peace in Ukraine.

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President Viola Amherd announced the date of the summit on the Bürgenstock via social media platform X on 2 May 2024.

  

Following up on Ukraine’s request Switzerland has invited over 160 delegations from around the world to join for the first Summit on Peace in Ukraine on 15-16 June 2024 at the Bürgenstock resort.

The summit will build on the discussions that have taken place in recent months, notably the Ukrainian peace formula and other peace proposals based on the UN Charter and key principles of international law. The overarching objective of the summit is to inspire a future peace process. To achieve this, the summit intends to:

  • Provide a platform for dialogue on ways towards a comprehensive, just and lasting peace for Ukraine based on international law and the UN Charter;
  • Promote a common understanding of a possible framework to reach this goal;
  • Jointly define a roadmap on how to involve both parties in a future peace process.

The participation of a wide range of states and their contributions to the discussion will be crucial to reach these goals. Switzerland has a long tradition of promoting dialogue. Thus, it considers the exchange of different views on the way to peace in Ukraine of vital importance.

Media Corner

Check the Media Corner to follow parts of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine programme via livestream or find information on how to retrieve video footage and photos.

Q&A

Why is the summit being held in Switzerland?

During President Zelenskyy's visit to Bern on 15 January 2024, Switzerland and Ukraine discussed the next steps towards a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine. At Ukraine's request, Switzerland agreed to host a summit. Switzerland regularly hosts negotiations or acts as a mediator for talks and meetings.

What does Switzerland hope to achieve by organising this summit?

By organising this summit, Switzerland is making another important contribution to support a just and lasting peace in Ukraine and greater security and stability in Europe and the world. Switzerland is actively involved in the search for solutions and – as with URC2022 – is helping to shape a sustainable future for Ukraine.

How many delegations have been invited to the summit?

Switzerland has invited over 160 delegations at head of state and government level to take part in the first Summit on Peace in Ukraine on June 15 and 16, 2024 on the Bürgenstock. These include members of the G7, the G20, the BRICS, numerous other countries from all continents as well as the EU, three international organizations (UN, OSCE and Council of Europe) and two religious representatives (Vatican and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople).

The selection of invited countries is intended to ensure the broadest possible participation of high-ranking representatives from numerous nations. The list of participating states will be published shortly before the start of the conference.

Has Russia also received an invitation?

Russia has not been invited at this stage. Switzerland has always shown openness to extending an invitation to Russia for this Summit. However, Russia has said repeatedly and also publicly that it has no interest in participating in this first Summit. The Summit in Switzerland is intended to initiate a peace process. Switzerland is convinced that Russia must be involved in this process. A peace process without Russia is unthinkable.

What are the aims of this summit?

The aim of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine is to inspire a future peace process and to develop practical elements as well as steps towards such a process. All states present at the summit should contribute their ideas and visions for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

By organising this summit, Switzerland is helping to support discussions aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace in Ukraine. Following the URC 2022 in Lugano and the National Security Advisors Meeting in Davos at the beginning of the year, Switzerland is now organising another important summit.

What does it cost to organise this summit?

The costs of organising the summit depend on the number of delegations taking part and the level of representation of the countries. The specific services that Switzerland will provide as host for the summit will therefore depend on various factors. A large part of the costs will be spent on security.

What does the programme for the summit look like? What will the heads of state and government discuss in concrete terms?

The summit programme is currently being drawn up. The focus will lie on topics of global interest and which affect a large number of states, such as (1) nuclear safety, (2) freedom of navigation and food safety and (3) humanitarian aspects. Switzerland has met with numerous representatives from various states, informed them about the summit and gathered their expectations.

All states present at the summit should be able to contribute their ideas and visions for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

What does it mean for Swiss neutrality if Switzerland organises a summit on peace without Russia? Is it not taking sides?

Switzerland is permanently neutral. The basis of Swiss neutrality is the law of neutrality, which is based on The Hague Conventions of 1907. The law of neutrality applies to the military sphere. However, being neutral does not mean being indifferent. Switzerland strongly condemns Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Outside the military sphere, the law of neutrality is not an obstacle to solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people. After more than two years of war, at least an attempt must now be made to start a process for peace in Ukraine. Switzerland is convinced that Russia must be involved in this process. A peace process without Russia is unthinkable. By organising this first summit, Switzerland is making a contribution to supporting discussions for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine. The alternative would be to do nothing which is not an option for Switzerland.

Will President Zelenskyy come to Switzerland?

The definitive list of participants will not be finalised until very shortly before the summit. If you have any questions about the Ukrainian delegation, please contact their representatives.

If you have questions about any head of delegation, please contact its respective representative.

The war is far from being over. What else is Switzerland doing for Ukraine?

Switzerland's involvement in the search for a peaceful solution for Ukraine complements the measures that the Confederation has implemented to date to support the people affected by the war in Ukraine and to shape Ukraine's future. For example, the political reconstruction process was launched on a broad basis with Ukraine in Lugano in July 2022. The Confederation is also committed to the prosecution of crimes under international law, such as war crimes or the crime of aggression, as well as the search for and identification of missing persons.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Confederation has provided a total of around CHF 3 billion in support to the population in Switzerland or abroad affected by the war in Ukraine. As part of its international cooperation, the Swiss Confederation provides humanitarian aid and has adjusted existing projects in development cooperation to the new context. Since the outbreak of the war, it has provided around CHF 425 million to support the population affected by the war in Ukraine abroad.

In 2024, the budget for humanitarian aid and development cooperation in Ukraine and the region totals CHF 150 million. The Federal Council has also reserved funds totalling around CHF 1.5 billion for Ukraine and the region as part of the International Cooperation Strategy (IC) 2025-2028. Switzerland is thus making a substantial contribution to the support and to the reconstruction of Ukraine.

On 29 September 2023, the Federal Council approved CHF 100 million for humanitarian demining for the years 2024-2027. The funding is split equally between the FDFA and the DDPS. Humanitarian demining is a key precondition for the country's recovery.

Switzerland will co-organise a series of humanitarian demining events this year (Road to Lausanne) culminating in the Ukraine Mine Action Conference UMAC2024 on 17-18 October in Lausanne.

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