15 years of Swiss UN membership

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

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 a blog post by Pascale Baeriswyl and an online quiz.

Jürg Lauber: «We represent clear values.»

Interview with Ambassador Jürg Lauber, head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York.

Valentin Zellweger: «Geneva is an operational platform.»

Interview with Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva.

Quiz: 15 questions about the UN

A quiz on the UN and Switzerland's membership.

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Frequently asked questions: Switzerland and the UN

15 years of Swiss UN membership – the answers.