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Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, today I announce Australia will provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti. Australia will contribute $2.5 million to the international effort to assist Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We are also working with RedR Australia to provide additional Australian humanitarian experts on the ground in Haiti to support the international effort. Australia’s assistance will support the international response to Haiti, led by the UN and leading regional donors, to address the most urgent needs of affected Haitians.
The commencement of the operation to retake the city of Mosul is an important milestone in the campaign to defeat Daesh. Freeing Mosul from Daesh will liberate its people from the terrorist group’s brutality and result in Daesh’s loss of its last major stronghold in Iraq. Australia will provide an additional $10 million in life-saving support to Mosul’s civilians. This will include emergency food, medical assistance, temporary shelter and support to women and girls for reproductive health.
Today, the Australian Government reaffirms its commitment to empowering girls and young women in our region to reach their full potential. “Girls continue to face formidable challenges including forced early marriage, gender based violence and limited access to education and reproductive health services. Investing in gender equality is beneficial to communities and smart economics. Empowering women and girls stimulates economic growth and promotes stability in our region,” Minister Fierravanti-Wells said.
The Australian Government reaffirms its opposition to capital punishment on World Day Against the Death Penalty. The death penalty is a violation of the most fundamental human right, the right to life, and it constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment regardless of how it’s carried out. The imposition of the death penalty is rendered senseless as there is no credible evidence that it is an effective crime deterrent.
Australia and the US welcome conclusion of cost-sharing negotiations for the Force Posture Initiatives
The Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have welcomed the in-principle conclusion of cost-sharing negotiations for the Force Posture Initiatives today in Washington DC. “This marks an important milestone in the implementation of the Force Posture Initiatives, and ensures that our approach to cost-sharing is well-considered and sustainable,” Minister Payne said. Australia and the US will share the costs for more than $2 billion in infrastructure investment in northern Australia as well as the ongoing costs of the initiative over the full 25 year life of the agreement.
The Australian Government reaffirms our commitment to the security of Afghanistan and its transition to stability and self-reliance. Working alongside our key partners, including the US, UK and European Union, the Australian Government will extend our $80 million annual commitment of bilateral aid to Afghanistan until 2020. Australia will also provide an additional $10 million to the World Food Programme to help support emergency food and nutrition to the growing number of people internally displaced due to conflict and violence in Afghanistan. Our aid program assists women to escape violence and access justice. Our support has also allowed many thousands of girls to attend school, particularly in remote and rural communities.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: I have co-hosted the launch of UN Women’s flagship program on gender statistics ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ in New York, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Foundation, and UN Women. This Program will help governments to better respond to gender inequality and violence against women and girls by improving data collection, enhancing the technical capacity of national statistics agencies and promoting greater access to data collected. ..The Australian Government will contribute $6.5 million over four years to the ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ program, an integral part of our long-term commitment to closing gender data gaps in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.
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