Switzerland at the UN Security Council in 2023-24
How can Switzerland amplify its positive impact on global peace and security throughout its tenure at the UN Security Council in 2023-24? Join us for one of our workshops in German, French or English to exchange with experts, connect with others throughout Switzerland and share your ideas!
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Die jüngsten Entwicklungen in der internationalen Politik haben gezeigt, wie wichtig es ist, globale Herausforderungen gemeinsam anzugehen und sich auf regelbasierte, internationale Kooperationsmechanismen zu stützen. Zu diesem Zweck spielt das System der Vereinten Nationen (UNO) mit dem UNO-Sicherheitsrat als Hauptorgan zur Gewährleistung des globalen Friedens und der Sicherheit eine entscheidende Rolle.
Im Juni 2022 wird die UNO-Generalversammlung ihre Wahlen für 5 nichtständige Sitze im UNO-Sicherheitsrat für die Periode 2023-24 abhalten. Die Schweiz ist eine der KandidatInnen und hat gute Chancen gewählt zu werden. 20 Jahre nach dem Entscheid des Schweizer Volkes, den Vereinten Nationen beizutreten, wird unser Land höchstwahrscheinlich einen weiteren Meilenstein in ihrem Engagement für Multilateralismus und friedliche Beziehungen auf globaler Ebene setzen.
Doch was bedeutet es konkret, ein nicht-ständiges Mitglied des UNO-Sicherheitsrates zu sein? Wie kann die Schweiz ihren positiven Einfluss auf den globalen Frieden und die Sicherheit während ihrer Amtszeit im UNO-Sicherheitsrat 2023-24 verstärken?
Diesen Fragen möchten wir vom Think Tank foraus in diesem Workshop mit interessierten BürgerInnen und unseren ExpertInnen Fabien Merz (Senior Researcher CSS, ETH Zürich) und Anna Brach (Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy) nachgehen.
Wir von foraus sind überzeugt: Aussenpolitik geht uns alle etwas an! Tauschen Sie sich mit uns über die Rolle des UNO-Sicherheitsrates aus, reflektieren Sie über diese Chance, die die Schweiz 2023-24 haben wird, vernetzen Sie sich mit anderen aus der ganzen Schweiz und teilen Sie Ihre Ideen.
Workshop-Ablauf & Prozess
Mit Hilfe der kollaborativen Online-Plattform Policy Kitchen sowie einer Reihe von 4 Online-Workshops organisiert der Think Tank foraus eine schweizweite Diskussion rund um den UNO-Sicherheitsrat und diese Chance für die Schweiz 2023-24 weiter zu Frieden und Sicherheit in der Welt beizutragen. Am Ende des Prozesses werden die von den TeilnehmerInnen geteilten Ideen nach thematischen Bereichen gruppiert und mit dem Eidgenössischen Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA) geteilt.
Während jedem Workshop werden die TeilnehmerInnen nach vier Schwerpunktbereichen aufgeteilt. Sie werden die Möglichkeit erhalten, ihre Ideen zu entwickeln und sie auf der Policy Kitchen Plattform für weiteren Austausch und Diskussionen zu teilen. Die vier Bereiche sind:
- Bewaffnete Konflikte & Menschenrechtsverletzungen
- Neu erscheinende globale Sicherheitsrisiken (z.B. Klimawandel, Bedrohungen der globalen Gesundheit, digitale Transformation und Cybersicherheit)
- Multilateralismus und Brückenbildung über den UNO-Sicherheitsrat hinaus
- Innovative Arbeitsweisen für Frieden und Sicherheit
Um die Aufteilung in Gruppen während des Workshops zu erleichtern, bitten wir Sie, sich bei Ihrer Anmeldung für einen der Schwerpunkte zu entscheiden.
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Recent developments in international politics highlighted how crucial it is to tackle global challenges together and align on rules-based international cooperation mechanisms. To this end, the United Nations (UN) system plays a crucial role with the UN Security Council (UNSC) as the key organ ensuring global peace and security.
In June 2022, the UN General Assembly will hold its elections for 5 non-permanent seats on the UNSC for the period 2023-24. Switzerland is one of the candidates and has good chances to be elected. 20 years after the decision by the Swiss people to join the United Nations, our country will most likely set another milestone within its track-record of engagement towards multilateralism and peaceful relations on the global stage.
But what does it concretely mean to be a non-permanent member of the UNSC? How can Switzerland amplify its positive impact on global peace and security throughout its tenure at the UN Security Council in 2023-24?
These are the questions we would like to explore with you and our distinguished expert:
- Jonas Pasquier, Head Peace and Security, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN (New York), FDFA
- Anna-Lena Schluchter, Peacebuilding Officer, Peacebuilding Fund, United Nations
- Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel, Director swisspeace
We from the think tank foraus are convinced: foreign policy concerns us all! Join us to exchange on the role of the UNSC, reflect upon this opportunity Switzerland will have in 2023-24, connect with others all around Switzerland and share your thoughts.
Workshop & process
Using the collaborative online platform Policy Kitchen, as well as a series of 4 online workshops, the think tank foraus organises a Swiss-wide discussion around the UNSC and this opportunity Switzerland will have in 2023-24 to further contribute to global peace and security. At the end of the process, the ideas shared by participants on the platform will be grouped into thematic clusters and shared as a 2-pager with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
During each workshop, participants will be clustered into four focus areas of choice. They will be enabled to develop their ideas and share them on the Policy Kitchen platform for further exchange and discussion. The four areas are:
- Armed conflicts & human rights violations
- Emerging global security risks (e.g. climate change, global public health threats, digital transformation & cybersecurity)
- Multilateralism and bridge-building beyond the UNSC
- Innovative working procedures towards peace and security
To facilitate the group formation during the workshop we kindly invite you to choose one of the focus areas during your registration.
The other workshop dates are taking place in:
This year, Switzerland is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Partnership for Peace. The geopolitical landscape has greatly changed since 1996 and especially the implications of the COVID-19 crisis pose new challenges to global security. From cyberattacks and disinformation, to gender-specific risks, and the destabilization of multilateral relations, the pandemic threatens to turn from a health crisis into a security crisis. To face these new threats, strengthening the resilience of states and societies has become a priority for NATO as well as Switzerland’s contribution to the Partnership for Peace.
In cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, foraus organizes an online panel on ‘Society’s Resilience to Current Threats’ on April 21, 17.00-18.30, to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on global security and strategies to make societies more resilient.
17:00 Introductory Remarks
- Amb. Susan Bincoletto, Ambassador of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- Ms. Julia Hofstetter, Co-Head Peace & Security Program, foraus – Think Tank for Foreign Policy
17:10 Panel Discussion
- Mr. Hasit Thankey, Head of Enablement and Resilience, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ International Staff
- Ms. Gallit Dobner, Director, Center for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada
- Mr. Benjamin Scharte, Head of the Risk and Resilience Research Team, CSS
- Mr. Jean-Marc Rickli, Head of Global Risk and Resilience, GCSP
18:10 Q & A
18:25 Closing Remarks
- Amb. Nadine Olivieri Lozano, Head of International Security Division, FDFA
To participate please sign up here via Eventbrite. Participants will be sent a Cisco Webex link before the event. Questions for the Q & A can be asked in French and English.
Ever since the World Health Organisation officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic more than a year ago, the handling of health data has increasingly gained importance.
With vaccination campaigns rolling out globally, the calls for a more efficient usage of data concerning people’s immunity status become louder. Whether we call it a digital vaccination passport, immunity certificate or green pass, in the end it all comes down to the way people’s data related to their immunity status is collected, stored and used. So-called health data governance is key to tackle the many issues that arise.
The current discussion around the immunity certificate provides a use-case for the discussion around health data governance. Multiple states already implemented their own system and larger regional entities such as the European Union are planning to issue their own systems by this summer. Guidelines and framework conditions defined at the multilateral level are therefore urgently required.
What elements are needed to allow for trustworthy, interoperable and sustainable digital immunity certification systems? How to build trust in digital solutions instead of undermining them further? What role can international Geneva and its institutions play?
Together with Garrett Mehl (Head of Unit, Digital Health Technology, Dep. Digital Health and Innovation, WHO), Niniane Paeffgen (Director, Swiss Digital Initiative) and Alessandro Blasimme (Senior Scientist, Health Ethics and Policy Lab», ETH Zurich), we will discuss these questions and jointly reflect upon the necessary framework conditions.
The panel discussion will be followed by an open ideation process to develop concrete policy proposals in smaller breakout groups clustered around four perspectives: ethical, technical, political/governance and scientific.
We look forward to welcoming you to our workshop! The event provides an exciting opportunity to discuss a pressing matter with stakeholders and interested citizens from various fields and backgrounds.
You can register here.
About the organizers:
foraus is an independent grassroots think tank that publishes evidence-based policy recommendations in the form of discussion papers, policy briefs and blog posts, and organizes high-level debates with the aim of creating innovative solutions for the foreign policy of tomorrow.
Sensor Advice stands for goal-oriented, personal consulting and support in policy, communications and organizational management. An interdisciplinary team of experienced practitioners and scientists works independently and in a network with the aim of effectively mediating between business, politics and society.
In the study “Health Data Governance: What’s in it for Switzerland?” the authors from both organisations argue that Geneva should take a leading role and become the centre for health data governance.
The Swiss Digital Initiative is a foundation based in Geneva that aims to advance practice-oriented ethics in the digital age through specific projects. It brings together representatives from the private and public sector, as well as academia, civil society organizations and international institutions.
This workshop is made possible thanks to the support of Fondation Botnar.
Are you interested in migration? Do you care about the future? Would you like to learn more about human mobility and collaborate to create explorative future scenarios on how people move across the world by 2050? Agora, foraus, Polis180, and Ponto invite you to take part in this collaborative process for which we have partnered with the Youth Cafe from Kenya and will see participation from (among others): The United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs DPPA.
Sign up here for the interactive online workshops where you can develop your ideas with high-level experts. Policy Kitchen allows you to refine them afterwards with people from across the globe by using the collaborative text features of our online platform. We are looking forward to bringing together diverse perspectives from as many areas as possible - whether from science, practice or policy-making - and envision the future of human mobility with you!
This participatory strategic foresight process is carried out using five different personas created by a group of young experts and Kreatives, a design strategy company. The fictional characters help to move away from the usual categorisations of "migrants" towards embodiments of key characteristics built around needs, motivations and preferences.
4th of May 2021, from 6 to 9 pm CET
After rehearsing the possibilities of tomorrow in the last workshop, the ideation workshop aims at identifying the necessary action today. Empowered by provocations and insights, we come together to find ways to prevent or increase the likelihood of the scenarios developed. The objective of this entire participatory, iterative foresight experiment is to generate innovative policy recommendations that help International Organisations and policy makers to become more agile and able to adapt in a proactive rather than a reactive way. Add your voice to this ambitious project and support us in making it fly. Register here.
Sign up for the other two workshops here:
We highly recommend to take part in all of them in order to maximise the impact of your visions!
Back in 2017, when foraus established the Sustainable FinTech project, the aim of a Swiss financial center interlinked with sustainability and technology was a forward-thinking vision. Recent developments, such as the Federal Council's recognition of the potentials of FinTechs for Sustainable Finance in Switzerland, as well as the launch of the Green FinTech Action Plan, shows that the national agenda on Sustainable Digital Finance is taking shape.
Besides the important steps taken, there is room for improvement when the goal is to foster a tech-driven, sustainable Swiss financial center. In the latest foraus publication, the authors map and analyse the Swiss sustainable digital finance landscape. Based on the main findings and policy directions discussed, the authors propose four practical recommendations to support the ecosystem of Swiss FinTechs addressing sustainability topics.
To engage key stakeholders in this timely debate, foraus invites to a discussion and exchange with the following guests:
- Silvia Ruprecht-Martignoli - Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
- Simon Zadec - Former head of the UN Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDG
Participants will have the opportunity to hear and discuss the policy recommendations with speakers and co-authors. The event will be followed by an open networking session.