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Switzerland: it all adds up!

Human Rights Council

The latest addition

In the spring of 2006, the UN General Assembly decided by 170 votes to 4 to establish a Human Rights Council to be based in Geneva. This was the culmination of an idea that originated in Switzerland. In 2003 Swiss law professor Walter Kälin was commissioned by the Federal Council to consider possible ways of reforming the discredited UN Commission on Human Rights. He developed the concept of the Human Rights Council. With the backing of Switzerland and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, the idea of a Human Rights Council obtained a clear majority within the UN. As an active member of the Council and as host state, Switzerland is now trying to ensure that the Council can work in good conditions.

Presence Switzerland communicates an original and credible image of Switzerland abroad. Story Switzerland provides the contextual basis, and defines the image of Switzerland that Presence Switzerland wish to convey abroad.
Stories illustrating various aspects of Switzerland depict a lively but stable country, one that is unusual but at the same time familiar - a country in a constant state of development.

Learn more about the basis of Story Switzerland and about the core elements of Switzerland and find out why we see Switzerland as the longest addition in the world.