Adviser | Peacebuilding, Security Sector Reform, Human Rights and Third Committee and Accessibility Focal Point
Laura Schweizer is an Adviser to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. She is following the work of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee) and is responsible for issues pertaining to peacebuilding, security sector reform and human rights. Laura is the accessibility focal point in the office of the President. She also is the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) liaison officer.
Laura is a lawyer by training and a career diplomat with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Before joining the OPGA, Laura was covering multilateral human rights policies at the Directorate for International Law in Bern and had held positions at the Swiss Embassy in Ethiopia and at Switzerland’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
Prior to that, Laura implemented a security sector reform project for the German Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in eastern DRC, served as a Human Rights Officer for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal and was a member of the Office of the of the President of the UN General Assembly of the 65th session.
A native German speaker, she is fluent in English, French and Italian.