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The shape of Australia’s future engagement with the United Nations

29 Mar 2017

Australia is currently bidding for another term on the United Nations Security Council in 2029–30 as well as seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018–20. But Australia’s broader engagement with the United Nations is patchy and underwhelming. It needs to be upgraded to ensure that Australia has a greater say on global issues that are important to its national interests.

Australia should reinforce its engagement with the United Nations by:

  • championing UN reform in particular areas, such as improving the UN’s intelligence and analytical capabilities
  • making a stronger contribution to peacekeeping operations, including by increasing the number of Australian Defence Force personnel on UN missions
  • increasing the number of Australians in leadership positions in the organisation.
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