Visit to the United Nations

  • Media release
22 September 2019

I will attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from 22 September. The UN General Assembly Leaders' Week is the largest annual gathering of world leaders and foreign ministers.

A key objective of my visit will be to ensure that Australia's efforts to promote security and prosperity in our region, the Indo-Pacific, are reflected in the work of the UN.

By engaging with our partners in the multilateral system, Australia is working to reinforce the international rules and institutions that underpin a free, open, inclusive and prosperous world.

I will represent Australia at a wide range of events, including the Climate Action Summit, the forum on Sustainable Development Goals, and the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. My address to the first High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage during UNGA will focus on the work Australia is doing to improve global health outcomes, which are critical to building stable and prosperous communities. In particular, better health outcomes boost the social and economic participation of women and girls.

I will address the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Conference in support of Australia's interests in global security.

I will also attend the MH17 Joint Investigation Team Foreign Ministers' meeting to reaffirm Australia's resolve to seek accountability for the downing of flight MH17 and justice for the victims and their families.

In addition to a range of other multilateral meetings and forums, I will meet ministerial counterparts from around the world and senior UN representatives.

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