DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights 2018

8 February 2018

Julie Bishop speaking from a podium.
Then-Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop addressing civil society participants at the 2018 DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights. Credit: DFAT/Linda Roche

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.

DFAT holds annual NGO meetings on human rights. The annual Forum is a unique and valuable opportunity to engage directly with civil society and hear their views on international human rights issues.

The Department was pleased to host the DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights at the National Gallery of Australia on Thursday 8 February 2018.

The Department was pleased to host the DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights at the National Gallery of Australia on Thursday 8 February 2018.

Discussions in 2018 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. The Forum was particularly significant as it was the first since Australia commenced its inaugural three-year term on the Council on 1 January 2018.

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.

The discussions from the Forum helped 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.

Julie Bishop speaking from a podium.
Then-Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP addressing civil society participants at the 2018 DFAT NGO Forum on Human Rights (DFAT/Linda Roche)
Last Updated: 8 March 2019