Celebrity Minister Bishop in New York to give $44M to UN - and "launch" bid for Human Rights Council (for 6th time)
Julie Bishop is in New York to "announce" Australia's candidacy for appointment to the UN Human Rights Council along with Saudi Arabia and similar fonts of the milk of human kindness.
She will also hand $44M as a donation to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (but you knew something like that was coming, right?) This is not the first time Bishop has launched the bid - in fact that honour apparently belongs to Rudd/Gillard and Labor.
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 UN 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 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 innovationXchange’s new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Australian software company Atlassian on a labour force challenge. 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.