Australia has continued its tradition of strong support for UN peacekeeping, pledging to provide strategic air lift and training support.

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today joined more than fifty world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in reaffirming support to UN peacekeeping and offer pledges of assistance.

The UN peacekeeping system is under unprecedented strain as it responds to the violent and protracted conflicts around the world.

Australia’s C-130 and C-17 aircraft will provide strategic air lift support ­­for UN peacekeeping operations in crisis situations where and whenever we can.

We will train and educate soldiers and police in our region to enable them to contribute to peacekeeping and work with INTERPOL to help better prepare our neighbours to defeat the scourge of improvised explosive devices. 

The measures announced today will contribute to international peace and security and help maintain a responsive and dynamic UN peacekeeping system. It will also ensure it is better equipped to meet the challenges faced by the men and women who serve the UN, in tough conditions, on a daily basis. We thank those individuals and pay tribute to their service.

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