Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Leadership of Australia in the World-1

Counter-ISIL Coalition Conference in Washington DC

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I will represent Australia at the first joint Counter-ISIL Coalition Foreign and Defence Ministers’ meetings in Washington on 21 July. I will be joined by my colleague, the Minister for Defence Marise Payne.”

“I will also take part in a panel discussion with leaders of the international security community on the importance of intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against ISIL.   As part of Australia’s ongoing commitment to Peace and Stability in Iraq and  announce that Australia will provide a further $15 million in Humanitarian and Stabilisation Assistance. This will include $5 million to Clear Landmines from Civilian areas, $5 million for the World Food Programme for urgent food relief, $3 million for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and $2 million for the UN Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund.

This additional assistance brings Australia’s Humanitarian Response to the Iraq crisis to $60 million since 2014.  Since 2011, Australia has also provided $213 million in response to the Syrian crisis, and we have committed a further $220 million for Humanitarian Relief in Syria and neighbouring countries over the next three years.” Stated Minister of Foreign Affairs  Bishop July 20, 2016 © DFAT of Australia

Additional:  Speech by Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop to Counter-ISIL Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting, Joint Plenary Session Intervention. Department of State Washington D.C,  21 July 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Minister of Defense of Australia Marise Payne  July 20, 2016

EU and European Governments on the issue of Human Rights in Turkey after the failed Coup

Statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini:

EU calls authorities to respect Rule of Law, Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms under any circumstances” July 21, 2016 © EU/Dutch MFA

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway Børge Brende:       “Norway strongly underlines that Turkish authorities must respect Rule of Law, Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms under state of emergency.” July 21, 2016 ©MFA of Norway

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström of Sweden:    “Serious and unacceptable development in Turkey. Death penalty makes EU membership impossible.” July 21, 2016 © MFA of Sweden

Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz of Austria:           “The development in Turkey is alarming. I have summoned the Turkish Ambassador to the MFA today. July 21, 2016 © MFA of Austria

Belgium’s Candidacy for the UN Security Council


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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders launched today in New York, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and of the Permanent Representatives to the UN, the Belgian campaign for a seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 period.  The motto proclaims:

                     “Fostering Consensus, Acting for Peace

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders affirmed that Belgium will fully commit to the prevention of conflicts, their resolution and the search for a sustainable peace, as well as the prevention and the fight against terrorism, all the while continuing to promote Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development.   July 12, 2016 © MFA of Belgium

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders speech at the UN Security Council  New York on Belgium Candidacy for the UN Security Council 2019-2020,