Bulletin México Down Under July 2017

MEXICO AND AUSTRALIA REAFFIRM INTEREST IN STRENGTHENING COOPERATION ON MULTILATERAL ISSUES.

At a time when the very foundations of the current international order such as multilateralism, international cooperation, and a free and open world economy are being questioned, Mexico and Australia stand firm in defending the principles that seek to consolidate peace, collective security, democracy, sustainable development, respect for human rights and international cooperation to meet the most important global challenges.

That is why, on June 8th, the Mexican Foreign Ministry hosted the second meeting for multilateral consultations between Mexico and Australia. The meeting was chaired by the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ambassador Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, and by the First Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, Dr. Lachlan Strahan. 

During the consultations, the Mexican and Australian delegations discussed their multilateral priorities and reaffirmed both countries' commitment to multilateral forums as the best way to address the main global challenges. 

Both delegations exchanged views on multilateral priorities such as maintaining international peace and security, disarmament and arms control, the fight against climate change, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, human rights and negotiation of the United Nations Global Compact for regular, safe and orderly migration.

Undersecretary Ruiz Cabañas reiterated that Mexico and Australia share important areas of agreement at the multilateral level not only in the United Nations but also in other forums such as MIKTA and the G20. He said it was important to strengthen the bilateral dialogue and consultation on the main multilateral issues, especially those that are priorities for both countries. 

Dr Strahan underscored the commitment of Mexico and Australia to push for reforms in the United Nations on peace and security, development and management, in order to eliminate thematic silos, avoid duplication and promote more effective collaboration. He noted that both countries support UN Secretary-General António Guterres' management reforms and they reaffirmed their commitment to increasing the work done on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

The first multilateral consultations were held in June 2015 in Canberra, Australia.