Federal investment in United Nations junior professional program

By Melissa Coade

Friday September 24, 2021

China
Foreign minister Marise Payne said the money would help boost multilateral capability and leadership in Australia.  (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

A $25.6 million commitment from the Australian government will give young professionals experience in international institutions from more than 40 other nations.

The United Nations junior professional officer program gives practical opportunities for multilateral engagement. 

The government plans to deploy the first group of Australians under the program early next year.

In a statement announcing the funding on Tuesday, foreign minister Marise Payne said the money would help boost multilateral capability and leadership in Australia. 

“This investment demonstrates Australia’s commitment to building a strong and resilient multilateral system that upholds the rule of law and protects human rights,” Payne said.

“It is an investment in the institutions that support our modern economy through critical functions such as international trade, global health, food safety, postal services and air and sea transport.”

The minister added that eligible candidates would be selected through a merit-based recruitment process.

Another $3.8 million over four years will be contributed by the commonwealth for targeted senior secondments, to ensure ‘that Australia will continue to play an active role in shaping global institutions’, Payne said.

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