The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, and Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of Liechtenstein, affirmed their common commitment on Thursday in Vaduz to cooperation in the United Nations and the maintenance of the international rules based order.

During an extensive working discussion in Liechtenstein, the Ministers affirmed their excellent cooperation in the United Nations including on the Code of Conduct for the UN Security Council, achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

Foreign Minister Bishop commended Foreign Minister Frick’s leadership in establishing the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria to collect and retain evidence of international crimes committed in Syria, and announced that Australia would make a second financial contribution of $150,000 to the Mechanism.

Both Ministers welcomed the recent exchange of expertise between Australia’s Human Rights Commission and Liechtenstein’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

Foreign Minister Frick assured Liechtenstein’s support for Australia’s candidature to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term.

At the meeting both Foreign Ministers reiterated their strong support for the International Criminal Court. They discussed the importance of the Court’s ongoing effectiveness, particularly exercising its jurisdiction under proposed crime of aggression amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted at the Kampala Review Conference in 2010.

Discussions covered Australia’s and Liechtenstein’s shared commitment towards global security and counter-terrorism, including Australia’s contribution to the Global Coalition against ISIS and Liechtenstein’s initiatives to disrupt terrorist financing.

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