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Australia on the UN Security Council 2013–2014

Australia on the United Nations Security Council 2013–2014

2029–2030 UN Security Council campaign

Australia is running for a non-permanent seat on the Council for the 2029–2030 term, with elections to take place in June 2028.

As a medium-sized country, we have an interest in the multilateral system working effectively so all countries, big and small, can have their say.

We will seek to continue Australia's positive impact and legacy on the Council from our previous 2013–2014 term. For example, Australia led the Council in managing the security transition in Afghanistan and worked tirelessly to bring the appalling human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the Council. Australia authored and led negotiations on a resolution on small arms and light weapons, the first of its kind.

2013–2014 UN Security Council term

On 1 January 2013, Australia commenced a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. This was the fifth time Australia sat on the Council since the organisation held its first session in January 1946, over which Australia presided. The other terms were in 1946–1947, 1956–1957, 1973–1974 and 1985–1986.

Australia established a strong reputation as an active, pragmatic, and outcomes-focused Member of the Council. This hard-fought and well-earned reputation was based on our ability to build consensus for action to address highly complex security issues and in support of our direct national interests. Australian leadership of the Council's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was a prominent example.

Australia put the need to protect civilians and establish robust humanitarian responses to conflicts at the forefront of decision making by the Council. Australia worked to make peacekeeping missions mandated by the Council more effective, including through a new focus on the contribution which policing can make to building sustainable peace in conflict-affected societies.

Australia brought an innovative approach to the work of the Council. It brought about ground-breaking initiatives on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, strengthened international cooperation to counter terrorism and improved the implementation of sanctions.

Australia on the United Nations Security Council 2013–2014

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