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Australia supports action to prevent violence toward women and girls

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. 

UN Leaders’ Week

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:  The United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week is the biggest summit on the international calendar.  From 17-22 September, I will represent Australia at the 2016 UNGA in New York and engage with our US partners in Washington DC. I will be joined by the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.  These meetings will focus on matters of vital strategic interest to Australia, such as global stability and border security.  The Australia-US Alliance is the bedrock of Australian foreign and defence policy.  While in New York, I will set out my vision for the US-Australia relationship in the 21st Century, including how we must seize new opportunities to further develop the bilateral trade and investment relationship through innovation.  At UNGA I will participate in summits on refugees and migration hosted by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and President Obama.

Visit to the United Nations

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I will be attending the High-Level Week of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, the largest annual gathering of world leaders.  A key priority will be to continue Australia’s substantial contributions to global peace and security and the rules based international order. I will co-chair the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida, deliver statements at the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum to bolster counter terrorism strategies and the UN Peacebuilding Pledging Fund Conference.

 Ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol        

Today the Turnbull Government tabled the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol for Parliamentary and public scrutiny. Australia is seeking to ratify the Agreement by the end of this year.  The Paris Agreement represents a turning point in the global transition to a lower emission future with more than 190 countries coming together to create this historic agreement.  Under the Agreement, Australia will continue to set its own emission reduction targets in contribution to the international effort to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Business Envoy: Further strengthening Australia-US trade relations

The US represents one of our most important economic relationships and it presents Australian businesses with boundless opportunities.  Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo says the Australian Government is seeking to grow our trade and investment relationship. The complementary Australia US Business Week and G’Day USA programs highlight our credentials as an innovative, advanced economic partner...Australian Ambassador to the USA Joe Hockey also outlines his priorities including advocating the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the importance of access to US-run global value chains.

Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, met in Vientiane, Laos on 25 July 2016, for the sixth ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD).  The ministers welcomed the growing positive impact of the strategic partnership between Japan, the United States and Australia, and reaffirmed the importance of TSD policy coordination and practical cooperation. They reiterated their commitment to further deepening their cooperation to ensure a peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for the Asia-Pacific region and the world.



  Growing Australia-US Relationship

This week The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, is participating in the 24th Australian American Leadership Dialogue and meeting United States political leaders to strengthen our trade and investment relationship. He will meet with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss our trade and investment relationship, in particular the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is the largest regional trade deal negotiated in more than 20 years. It is an historic agreement that will further integrate Australia into the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

Australia supports peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea

Today the Arbitral Tribunal released its final decision on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case. The Australian Government calls on the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling, which is final and binding on both parties.  The Tribunal in the Philippines’ arbitration case was established in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Tribunal’s decision was not about sovereignty, but about maritime rights under UNCLOS.



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