Contents page 1 — the last Chance-page 2 — Can improve the Switzerland of the world? Page 3 — Who must be persistent and patient page 4 — The UN mandate in Myanmar On a page
10 to read. Birthday of Switzerland, pages of TIME, we give the country a psychological – created from the answers to 100 questions to Switzerland. This Text is the answer to question 19: Can change the Switzerland of the world?
Christine Schraner Burgener sitting in the train from Basel to Paris, grabs her cell phone, lying on the fold-out table, dials the number of the Federal administration in Bern and says: “Hello, there, Japanese Schraner, I’m UN-Sondergsandti for Myanmar.” She wanted to ask if you could borrow the Material of an old campaign, with the help of the Swiss population for the issue of racism awareness. “Yes, exactly, this Black-and-White images. Or Videos, and brochures. I can pick them up on Monday, I’ll be in Bern.”
Christine Schraner Burgener, 55, a lawyer, grey Deuxpièces, beige trench coat, white ballet flats, is more reminiscent of a Start-up entrepreneur as a top diplomat of the United Nations: they will take care of everything yourself. They are organized illustrative material, collect expense receipts, rents an office, recruited new employees, and try not to lose sight of the great goal – peace.
On this Thursday morning in early October Schraner Burgener travels to Paris to meet with the Ministry of foreign Affairs, French government representatives and to speak with you about your new task. A task that seems unsolvable and incredibly large: In Myanmar, in Southeast Asia, where the military are under the suspicion that a genocide of their own people committed, to the diplomat between perpetrators and Victims, between alleged war criminals and Displaced persons, between Buddhists and Muslims.
In the past year, 700,000 Muslim Rohingya in front of the excessive violence of the Myanmar military to flee their villages be destroyed. The Muslims belong to a minority in the state of Rakhine, which is followed in Myanmar for decades by the state and no citizen has rights.
the end of 2017, the UN decide that a special envoy to mediate in Myanmar.
“it will not happen always then, when the world is white community in a conflict,” explains Laurent Goetschel. The Professor of political science, is Director of Swisspeace, an independent Swiss Institute, which is involved worldwide in the conflict – and peace research.
A UN special envoy is the personalized last Chance in a conflict without Confidence and hope. Someone who takes on the Job, you must be delusional and to fail at the same time, miserably.
This article dates back to the TIME no 47/2018. Here you can read the entire issue.
It is the 25. In April 2018, a Wednesday, shortly after three o’clock in the night, as the mobile phone of Christine’s rings Schraner Burgener. She awakes in her bed in the Hotel Bellevue in Bern. The diplomat is at the time, the Swiss Ambassador in Germany, and accompanied the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on his state visit in Switzerland. The phone is switched on on the bedside table.
the Display shows the area code 01 is lit. “I thought: Oh, New York, who could that be?”, Schraner Burgener says. There is a staff of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. He asks the Ambassador if you have still interest to be UN special envoy for Myanmar.