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Ten years in the United Nations: Where does Switzerland stand?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Hug Simon, Wegmann Simone, Hug Simon, Wegmann Simone,
Project Understanding Roll Call Vote Requests and their Consequences
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal SWISS POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW
Volume (Issue) 19(2)
Page(s) 212 - 232
Title of proceedings SWISS POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW

Abstract

Prior to its full membership in the United Nations, Switzerland was an active observer and even an active member of many specialized UN agencies. However, ten years ago, Swiss voters finally approved full UN membership and in 2002, behavioral data started to become available on Switzerland's involvement in the major UN assemblies. Switzerland was admitted to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as a full member on September 10th, 2002 and was elected to the newly created UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2006. Switzerland wished to be an active partner in both of these assemblies. In this research note we describe, based on novel data collected on the UNGA and the UNHRC, how Switzerland positions itself in the ``orchestra of nations.''
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