The United Nations General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee – commonly known as the Third Committee – sits annually, in New York. The Third Committee is a key part of the UN’s human rights architecture.
The General Assembly assigns to the Third Committee agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect peoples all over the world. An important part of the Committee’s work focuses on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council. The Committee also discusses the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the promotion of the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and drug control.
Australia participates in debates and interactive dialogues, including by delivering statements, and responding to reports presented. The statements published here reflect Australia’s views on matters considered by the Third Committee.