Julia Bishop: I will visit New York from 16 to 20 May, where I will launch Australia’s inaugural candidacy for the Human Rights Council for the term 2018-2020 at United Nations Headquarters, and meet senior Trump Administration and United Nations officials.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council reflects our commitment to working with other nations to find long-term practical solutions to complex human rights challenges. In addition to the launch, I will hold a series of meetings and events engaging with Ambassadors to the UN to promote our candidacy.
If elected, Australia will add a valuable Indo-Pacific perspective and bring to the Council the same principled, pragmatic and consultative approach that distinguished our term on the UN Security Council.
While in New York I will meet the US Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Nikki Haley, to discuss US-Australian cooperation in the UN.
I will announce a four-year, $44 million partnership agreement with the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help meet humanitarian needs globally. The CERF provides critical life-saving assistance by responding rapidly to fast-developing crisis situations and supporting underfunded existing crises.
I will also meet Michael Bloomberg to discuss our collaboration on the Data for Health initiative. I will announce the innovation Xchange’s new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Australian software company Atlassian on a labour force challenges. This partnership will help young people from the Indo-Pacific region prepare for the workforce of the future.
I will also meet senior business figures and the American Australian Association to promote Australian trade and investment and seek future opportunities for Australian business in the US.
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