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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

International Day for Disaster Reduction: Live to Tell
October 13 was International Day for Disaster Reduction, which was a day to reflect on what Australia and communities around the world are doing to reduce disaster risks and save lives. Read more

Ambassador for Women and Girls marks fifth annual International Day of the Girl Child
Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, has released a video message to mark the fifth annual International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) on 11 October. The IDGC theme for 2016 is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls. The Ambassador’s message can be viewed on the DFAT YouTube channel.

Wherever you are, teachers are key to learning
On World Teachers’ Day we look at the important part teachers play in shaping future generations. 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

Australia a regional leader in natural disaster response
Minister Fierravanti-Wells travelled to Darwin on 6 and 7 October to meet with organisations on the front line of Australia's efforts to assist countries in the Indo-Pacific region prepare for and respond to natural disasters. 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:

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

Leaders' Summit on Refugees
Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP has represented Australia at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees hosted by President Obama in New York on 21 September. In a media release she noted that Australia will continue to play a leading role in global efforts to assist refugees. 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.

ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Laos
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 24 to 27 July to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Read more

Humanitarian assistance to African countries
The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Somalia and countries in the Lake Chad basin is worsening due to the effects of El Nino and conflict in the region. Read more

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