The range of challenges facing the world, notably security, peace, combating poverty, promoting human rights as well as safeguarding natural resources, make Switzerland's
involvement in the United Nations indispensable. Since
joining the UN in September 2002, Switzerland has been an active and innovative member. Membership offers Switzerland the opportunity to participate in the search for solutions to global problems and to accept its share of responsibility for exerting a positive influence on world affairs. However, the UN also offers Switzerland the ideal forum within which
to represent its own national interests.
The focus of Switzerland's activities at the UN is in three areas:
Geneva is the main seat of the United Nations in Europe and, with New York, is one of the two major centres of multilateral cooperation. Despite Switzerland's relatively small size, thanks to "International Geneva" the Confederation is able to "box above its weight" in the international arena, making it that much easier to achieve foreign policy objectives.