Australia seeks United Nations Security Council seat

Australia is to make a fresh bid for another seat at the United Nations Security Council.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST).

“Today I announce Australia will be a candidate for the United Nations Security Council in 2029-30,” Ms Bishop said.


Australia last served on the Security Council in December 2014.

“Australia served with distinction throughout our last two-year term,” Ms Bishop said.

“The need for strong international cooperation to tackle global security challenges becomes more pressing each year.

“If elected, Australia will use our term to support Australia’s core national security interests, while enhancing our international influence by making a practical constructive contribution.”

The Foreign Minister noted Australia’s work on the Security Council responding to the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine, and lobbying for an international response to terrorist group Islamic State.

The 2029-30 term is considered the first available opportunity to nominate for a seat that is uncontested, giving Australia the greatest chance of success and minimising the cost.

Australia is also a candidate for the Human Rights Council for the term 2018-20.