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Digital Media Strategy 2016-18
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched its first Digital Media Strategy. Read more

Working with business and civil society to target human trafficking and slavery
On 28 Novermber the eighth meeting of the Australian Government's National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery was convened. It was attended by Government Ministers responsible for aspects of Australia's response to human trafficking and slavery, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan. Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Read more

Ambassador Higgie attends special Last Post ceremony on Remembrance Day

Ambassador Higgie is pictured (L to R) with Cmdr Emma Gaudry, LPA Chairman Mr Benoit Mottrie  and Col Scott Clingan at Menin Gate, Ypres.

As part of the Remembrance Day commemorations on 11 November, Ambassador Mark Higgie attended a special Last Post Association (LPA) ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres. Afterwards he was presented with a bag of soil taken from the area around the Gate. The soil is destined for the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The garden is expected to open to the public in 2017 and is part of the Memorial's contribution to the commemoration of the almost 13,000 Australian lives lost in Belgium during the Great War.

Ambassador for Women and Girls 
Dr Sharman Stone has been announced as Australia's third Ambassador for Women and Girls. Read more

New Australian Embassy, Washington
The government’s decision to construct a new embassy reinforces the strength of Australia’s relationship with the United States while promoting a vision of a contemporary and innovative Australia. Read more

High Commissioner to Malta
Ms Julienne Hince has been announced as Australia's next High Commissioner to Malta. Ms Hince will also have non-resident accreditation to Tunisia. Read more

22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference
The Australian Government is committed to effective action on climate change and we have joined more than 100 other countries to ratify the landmark Paris Agreement (Agreement), which has now entered into force. Read more

Humanitarian assistance for the Mosul Operation
The commencement of the operation to retake the city of Mosul is an important milestone in the campaign to defeat Daesh. Read more

Australia plays lead role to secure 85 per cent reduction in global HFC emissions
Australia has cemented itself as a global leader playing a key role in securing international agreement to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by 85 per cent at the Montreal Protocol Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda. Read more

Australia's renewed commitment to Afghanistan
The Australian Government on 5 October reaffirmed its commitment to the security of Afghanistan and its transition to stability and self-reliance. Working alongside our key partners, including the US, UK and European Union, the Australian Government will extend our A$80 million annual commitment of bilateral aid to Afghanistan until 2020. Read more

Dawn Service marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood announced
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has announced on 26 September that the Australian Government, with the assistance of the Belgium Government, will hold a Dawn Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood next year. This service will commemorate the centenary of many of the 1917 battles in this region, and will be held at Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood. Read more Further information about the 100th anniversary commemorations is available at: www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

Australia supports action to prevent violence toward women and girls
Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP on 22 September co-hosted the launch of UN Women’s flagship program on gender statistics ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ in New York, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Foundation, and UN Women. Read more

Launch of the EU-Australia leadership forum
The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, on 8 September launched the EU‑Australia Leadership Forum at the headquarters of the European External Action Service in Brussels. The Leadership Forum will provide a platform for leaders, senior and emerging,  from the fields of business, media, non-governmental organisations, civil society, think tanks, politics and academia from both countries to collaborate on new ideas to promote and deepen the relationship between the European Union and Australia. Read more

Ambassador opens new Koala facility at Pairi Daiza

Ambassador Higgie is pictured with one of the three koalas and their keeper.

Ambassador Higgie on 28 July opened an enclosure for three koalas brought to Pairi Daiza, a zoo and botanical garden located in the province of Hainaut. Carina, Coco and Zelda  had been brought from the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane earlier this year and initially put in quarantine before being released into their new home “Koala Territory” in Pairi Daiza. Also on hand for the opening was Mr Robert Friedler, Director of the Lone Pine Sanctuary.

Australia's Candidacy to the Human Rights Council
Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, and Attorney-General Senator, the Hon George Brandis QC, have officially launched Australia’s candidacy for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term. This is the first time Australia has sought membership of the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights, both here in Australia and around the world. Read more