The Department was pleased to host the DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights at the National Gallery of Australia on Thursday 8 February 2018.
Australia is committed to supporting civil society participation in the United Nations
system as a core pillar of our United Nations Human Rights Council membership for the 2018-20 term.
The annual Forum is a unique and valuable opportunity to engage directly with civil society and hear their views on international human rights issues.
Discussions across the day focussed on the five priority pillars of Australia’s Human Rights Council engagement: gender equality, freedom of expression, good governance and robust democratic institutions, human rights for indigenous peoples, and strong national human rights institutions.
Participants also had the opportunity to engage in an open discussion with experts within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on human rights issues in our region, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and modern slavery.
This year’s Forum is particularly significant as it is the first since Australia commenced its inaugural three-year term on the Council on 1 January 2018. The first session of the Council will take place 26 February – 23 March 2018.
The discussions from the Forum will inform Australia’s engagement as a Human Rights Council member, and will provide a strong foundation for our continued engagement with civil society throughout our Council membership.