Liechtenstein Celebrates 25 Years as UN Member

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Liechtenstein’s admission to the United Nations as well as the 70th anniversary of the founding of the organization. This is an opportunity to reflect on the impact the United Nations has made over the past several decades and how being part of this multilateral organization has played a significant role in shaping Liechtenstein’s foreign policy.

H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

On the occasion of this anniversary, H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein came to New York City on June 5th and gave a talk at UN Headquarters. He spoke about how the UN is “an ideal platform for exchange with other countries – something of particular importance for our very small country, which can afford only very few diplomatic missions”. Prince Alois also spoke about the vision his father, H.S.H. Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, had in view of a possible UN Convention on the Self-Determination of Peoples. Although the General Assembly was at the time not in a position to agree to the proposed approach, Prince Alois pointed out that the idea seems worth reflecting on, given the state of the world today. He also touched upon the importance of strengthening international law through the promotion of the rule of law, as well as Liechtenstein’s support for the International Criminal Court. Furthermore, Prince Alois drew attention to Liechtenstein’s priorities in its UN engagement, including peace and security, human rights, advancement of women, children’s rights and the protection of civilians.

H.S.H Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with distinguished guests.

H.S.H. Prince Alois of Liechtenstein met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with the President of the International Peace Institute, Terje Rod-Larsen, as well as with the Executive Director of UN Global Compact, George Kell. He furthermore signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance and the UN Office for Partnerships Foundation. The Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, hosted a reception in honor of H.S.H. Prince Alois of Liechtenstein which was attended by high-ranking UN officials as well as Ambassador Claudia Fritsche who was the first Liechtenstein Ambassador to the United Nations before moving to her current post in Washington.

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