Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Directorate of Political Affairs > United Nations and International Organisations Division
UN Coordination

Address

Bundesgasse 28
3003 Bern
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/dfa/orgcha/sectio/pad...


Contact person

Mirjana  Spoljaric
Head of section UNO
058 462 35 32
mirjana.spoljaric@eda.admin.ch

Further contacts

Daniel Stadelmann
Desk officer
058 464 23 50
Patrick Egloff
Head of section ECOSOC
058 463 23 46


Operating range

  • International

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

UN Co-ordination (UNC) is the central UN co-ordination centre of the federal administration and ensures the coherence of Swiss UN policy. It looks after the secretariat of the relevant inter-departmental UN work group (IDAG UN; Head Political Affairs Division III). It serves as an information platform inside and outside the federal administration for matters relating to the UN. UNC plays a central role as the co-ordinator of election campaigns (e.g. election of Prof. Kälin to the Commission on Human Rights or Swiss candidacy for the Commission on Human Rights 2007-2009). All these tasks are performed in close collaboration with the relevant specialist units in the federal administration.


Main work in the human rights field

  • Lobbying / Networking / Human rights policies

Issues our organisation works on

  • Foreign policy

International Reference

UN

  • Human Rights Council

Current projects with human rights focus

Overall coordination of human rights issues in connection with other social, economic and development topics within the UN system

  • Overall coordination of Swiss participation at the current sessions of the UN GA and at the UN Human Rights Council
  • Various candidacy campaigns: current or planned
  • Overall coordination of human rights issues in connection with other social, economic and development topics within the UN system

Publications on human rights issues

  • Annual reports "Switzerland and UN"
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/topics/intorg/un/chen...

  • Switzerland and the UN: The 2006 Report of the Federal Council
http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edazen/top...


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