Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam Ivo Sieber and Dr. Pham Lan Dung, Acting Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Geneva Conference Room. (Photo:

The Swiss-designed Geneva Conference Room illustrates the natural landscape of Lake Geneva with beautiful mountains.

This conference room has great symbolic significance and offers an inspiring connection between the two cities of Geneva and Hanoi. As the place where the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe has been located since 1945, Geneva is the operational center of the multilateral system.

Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber said that the inauguration of the Geneva Conference Room marked another important milestone in strengthening the relationship between Switzerland and Vietnam. From now on, the city of Geneva - the capital of peace - is officially connected with the capital Hanoi - the city for peace.

According to Dr. Pham Lan Dung, the opening ceremony of the Geneva Conference Room shows that the bilateral relationship between the two countries has been further expanded, from humanitarian assistance, development assistance, trade and direct investment to education, training and human resources, which are the key to sustainable and long-term development.

At the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador Ivo Sieber also introduced Switzerland's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2023-2024.

The Ambassador emphasized that, after 20 years as a member of the United Nations, Switzerland is ready to shoulder more responsibilities as well as further promote Switzerland's long-term commitment to the law, peace, and security on an international scale. Switzerland wants to become a “Plus for Peace” with a strong commitment to humanity, sustainable development, multilateralism, innovation and peace.

The inauguration of the Geneva Conference Room is a highlight in a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Vietnam in 2021./.

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