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Australia on the United Nations Security Council 2013–2014

Supporting Afghanistan’s transition

People sitting around a large curved table in the UNSC chamber
The Security Council votes unanimously to renew the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for one year, 17 March 2014. (Credit:

As the Council lead on Afghanistan, Australia played an active leadership role in the Council on Afghanistan issues during an important juncture in its political and security transition. Our Council term coincided with the Afghanistan government taking the lead on security and the country's first ever democratic transition of power.

We facilitated successful mandate renewals for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in March 2013 and 2014 and for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in October 2013. We worked to ensure continued focus on strengthening the protection of human rights – particularly for women and children – governance, health, education and the fight against corruption.

Australia authored and led negotiations on UNSC Resolution 2189 in December 2014, providing the Council's political support for the Resolute Support mission – the NATO-led non-combat mission which followed ISAF. This mission will help to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces as they continue to combat insurgency, terrorism and the Taliban threat, with a contribution from Australia.

Australia used its role as chair of the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committees to support transition in Afghanistan. We worked to ensure the Taliban sanctions regime was geared towards supporting peace and reconciliation negotiations in Afghanistan and encouraged greater cooperation between the Sanctions Committee and the Government of Afghanistan on procedures for designating and delisting persons and entities.

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Last Updated: 18 March 2015
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