Twenty years after joining the UN, Switzerland sought its first non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for a two-year term. The Federal Council approved the candidature and submitted it in 2011 after extensive consultations with Parliament. The Federal Council and Parliament confirmed Switzerland's candidacy on numerous occasions. Elections for the term running from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024 were held in New York on 9 June 2022. The UN General Assembly elected Switzerland with 187 out of 190 votes. This is the best result achieved by a country from the Group of Western European and Other States since Switzerland joined the UN in 2002. It is a clear vote of confidence and an indication of the support enjoyed by Switzerland in the international community.
The seat allows Switzerland to advance its efforts in favour of peace and security within the UN and around the world. Since joining the UN in 2002, Switzerland has held key positions in all of the organisation's major bodies except for the Security Council. The Federal Council identified Switzerland's membership as a key part of its Peace and Security thematic focus area in its Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23.