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Australia and the UNSC

Australia’s commitment to the United Nations reflects the foundations on which our nation is built: equality, generosity, fairness and the belief that everyone should have equal access to opportunity. The values of the United Nations Charter are central to how Australia conducts itself globally. We strongly support the rules-based international order underpinned by the Charter.

We understand that in today’s complex, inter-connected world, countries cannot address major challenges on their own. As a founding member, Australia sees the United Nations as the forum that brings nations together to find ways to address peacefully the globe’s most pressing challenges. We seek to help solve these challenges.

Australia is honoured to have been elected by the nations of the world to serve on the United Nations Security Council in 2013 and 2014. The importance of the Security Council to the maintenance of international peace and security is as great now as it ever has been.

The importance of the United Nations Security Council to the maintenance of international peace and security is great now as it ever has been. As a founding member of the United Nations, Australia is a long-standing, reliable and consistent contributor to the UN’s work on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

We have participated in more than 50 UN and other multilateral missions globally, and have deployed over 65,000 Australian personnel to support peace operations since the UN was founded. We have led missions in our own region, in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. We are the largest non-NATO contributor to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Australia brings this experience and commitment to our 2013-2014 Security Council term.

As one of the responsibilities of our membership of the Council, Australia chairs three subsidiary bodies.

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