Switzerland becomes a member of the UN Security Council for the first time

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Switzerland became a member of the UN Security Council for the first time

Switzerland was also joined by Ecuador, Malta, Mozambique and Japan. Their term of office is two years.

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Since January 1, Switzerland has become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2023-2024. Her seat on the Security Council provides an opportunity to contribute to world peace and security, especially in the current tense global political context. This was reported by the press service of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Switzerland took up the UN Security Council on January 3, along with other newly elected non-permanent members, in a short ceremony. It intends to actively participate in all conflicts and issues on the Council’s agenda, bringing to the table its credible foreign policy profile along with its commitment to world peace and security,” the message reads.

The department notes that its traditions as an independent state, adherence to the rule of law and respect for international law, especially international humanitarian law and human rights, will be key in this regard.

On August 31, 2022, the Federal Council identified four thematic priorities for Switzerland on the Security Council: building a lasting peace, protecting civilians, enhancing the effectiveness of the Security Council and ensuring climate security.

The UN Security Council is a permanent body of the United Nations, which, according to Article 24 of the UN Charter is responsible for maintaining international peace and security. The Security Council consists of 15 states, five of them are permanent members of the Council and have the right of veto – Russia, China, the USA, Great Britain and France.

Focus reported that the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, advocated the termination of Russia's membership in the UN Security Council. He noted that this country is grossly violating international law. Therefore, her membership in the organization after the start of the war in Ukraine suggests that the UN Security Council is “strongly acting up.”