In 2023 and 2024, Switzerland has a seat on the UN Security Council, where it is contributing its expertise in global peace and security to discussions and debates. In May 2023, Switzerland held the council presidency. Scroll the newsticker for background information about Switzerland's Security Council activities and statements.
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The impact of climate change on food security and international security is at the center of an open debate at the UN Security Council today. The Federal Council has defined "addressing climate security" as one of four priorities for Switzerland's membership of the Council. Burkina Faso will be used as an example to show how climate change, access to food and security are linked. Switzerland is addressing this issue at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
From February 7 to 11, Switzerland, together with Guyana and the United Kingdom, will leada visit to Colombia by the 15 members of the UN Security Council. The aim of the Council is to gain an insight into the situation in the country, the implementation of the 2016 agreement and to support the establishment of a lasting peace. Switzerland remains strongly committed to the peace process in Colombia.
Switzerland is stepping up its support for civilians in Armenia and the region by releasing almost CHF 1.5 million in funding, to be shared among the main humanitarian actors on the ground.
Switzerland's offer of assistance following the earthquake in Morocco remains valid. It includes support in various areas such as emergency shelter, access to clean water and sanitation, as well as medicine and construction technology. The FDFA has no information on Swiss victims of the earthquake in Morocco.
The FDFA's Humanitarian Aid Department has activated a crisis cell and is monitoring the situation in connection with the floods in Libya. The SDC is in the process of adapting ongoing programmes on the ground to the needs of the population affected by the floods. The possible delivery of relief supplies to proven partner organisations on the ground is being examined. The FDFA is not aware of any information on Swiss victims.