His Excellency Ignazio Cassis

Statement Summary

IGNAZIO CASSIS, Head of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, said despite progress since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago, “we cannot rest on past achievements”.  With enduring challenges such as hunger, conflict and inequality, partly new ones including climate change, and the latest global crisis of COVID-19, cooperation among States is as important today as in 1945.  “The world is changing.  Our institutions must do the same,” he said.  As host country to the United Nations European headquarters, Switzerland is committed to bringing together “the brightest and best in Geneva” to address new technologies and seek synergies between science and diplomacy for sustainable, peaceful development of peoples and States.  The multilateral order within the United Nations must take efficient collective measures to prevent or remove threats to peace and quell every act of aggression.