of the Swiss Confederation as a New Member of the UN
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan,
President of the 57th Session of the General Assembly
10 September 2002
is a great pleasure for me on this historic occasion to welcome
on behalf of the General Assembly, the Swiss Confederation as
a new member of the United Nations.
admission of the Swiss Confederation into the family of nations
is of great significance, as it strengthens the universality
of the United Nations and thus enhances its legitimacy and effectiveness.
has been close relation and good cooperation between the Swiss
Confederation and the United Nations. The Swiss Confederation,
as a country with a long and deep-rooted tradition of democracy
makes a great contribution to the development of international
cooperation in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations.
me remind you, at this historic moment that it was the Swiss
Confederation, which was the host country of the League of Nations
after the first world war. Moreover, it is the Swiss Confederation,
which is the host country of the human rights section of the
United Nations, especially the Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner for
Refugees. In our minds, Geneva is connected also with the International
Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as the body that
targets the improvement of conditions of people in difficulty
during armed conflicts as well as during natural or social disasters.
Geneva is also well known as the birthplace of many international
I firmly believe that the decision of the Swiss Confederation
to become a member of the United Nations reflects the will and
aspirations of the Govenrment and people of Swiss Confederation
to further enhance the cooperation with other Member States
within the intergovermental processes of the United Nations.
congratulate the Swiss Confederation and the United Nations
on the admission of its 190th Member State and I am confident
that this newly admitted Member State will contribute to the
General Assembly and to the United Nations efforts in addressing
the issues in international relations that lie ahead.