Multiple bilateralism and the 67th UN General Assembly

Multiple bilateralism and the 67th UN General Assembly - Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Multiple bilateralism and the 67th UN General Assembly - Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

In his role as ICRC Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Walter Fuellemann routinely engages in multilateral diplomacy, delivering ICRC analyses, positions and statements in a range of UN fora.

However, the presence of all states signatory to the Geneva Conventions in one place represents a rare opportunity for the organization to engage in what Mr. Fuellemann calls multiple bilateralism, an essential part of what the ICRC does in New York.

For example, when ICRC President Peter Maurer visited Turtle Bay last month, he and Mr. Fuellemann held bilateral, confidential discussions on issues of ICRC concern with close to 30 UN officials and representatives of member states. 

Before you listen to Mr. Fuellemann explain how he and his team operate at United Nations, here are our statements at the 67th General Assembly on the principle of universal jurisdiction, the advancement of women, weapons and international norms.