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The Role of Small States in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

A GCSP event, with the Permanent Missions of Belarus, Singapore, and Switzerland in Geneva

The events of the 20th century significantly changed the notion of the role of small states in international relations. The disintegration of the bipolar system, globalization and the increased interdependence of economies have become the basis for the development of small states in various fields. It turned out that small states sometimes cope with complex tasks and challenges more effectively. Small states make important contributions to international peace and security, as well as to the preservation of rules-based multilateralism, with multilateral processes playing often a key role in their efforts. At the same time, small states are not antagonists towards big players.

Small states proved that they can show leadership and set an example for the international community to exert a positive influence on the international situation and the preservation of rules-based multilateralism. In the face of increasing tensions between major powers it is important to assess the role of small states, especially their contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security and rules-based multilateralism.


‒       HE Mr Andrei Dapkiunas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;

‒       HE Mr Foo Kok Jwee, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva;

‒       HE Ms Sabrina Dallafior, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament;

‒       Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, GCSP.



‒      Mr Marc Finaud, Arms Proliferation Cluster Leader, GCSP.

A light lunch will be served afterwards.

Organised by the Permanent Missions of Belarus, Singapore, and Switzerland in Geneva, and the GCSP.

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GCSP, Chemin Eugène Rigot 2D, 1202 Geneva

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