Australia to bid for UN Security Council seat

Australia to bid for UN Security Council seat

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia will make another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Bishop has made the announcement at the UN General Assembly in New York this morning, saying Australia will bid for a seat on the council for the 2029-30 period.

She says while this seems like a long time away, it will ensure Australia does not spend an necessary amount on the bid.

“Security Council elections are highly competitive and candidacies are usually announced many years in advance,” Ms Bishop said.

“The 2029-30 term is the first available opportunity to nominate for a seat that is uncontested, giving Australia the greatest chance of success and minimising the cost.”

Australia served on the Security Council for the first time in 2013-14, and Ms Bishop criticised the then Labor government for high cost to Australian tax payers for the successful bid.

Ms Bishop says Australia is seeking the term to promote greater international cooperation, and tackle global security challenges.

“The need for strong international cooperation to tackle global security challenges becomes more pressing each year,” she said.

“If elected, Australia will use our term to support Australia’s core national security interests, while enhancing our international influence by making a practical constructive contribution.”

The Foreign Minister has also announced Australia will seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in 2018-20, which Australia has never served on previously.

“We are an international leader in advancing the rights of women and girls, strengthening governance and democratic institutions, and promoting freedom of expression,” she said.

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