The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper makes clear that Australia’s investment in the stability and resilience of developing countries improves our own security and prosperity. Today, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) released its 2018 peer review of Australia’s aid program. This important report highlights our achievements to date and provides valuable recommendations for us to consider in strengthening the overall effectiveness of the program.  

Today is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Be Bold for Change, calls on all of us to step up to help create a world that is more inclusive and equal. The aim is for a world that is more peaceful and sustainable, where the contribution of women is recognised, valued and respected. Australia is committed to this endeavour.

Australia is proud to be involved with school language reforms in Vanuatu. Access to quality education is vital to helping build a more stable and secure future both for Vanuatu and Australia’s region.

Australia is committed to supporting women’s sexual and reproductive health, including in disasters, so we can reach those in need during the most vulnerable moments of their lives.

Educating girls is one of the world’s best investments. Educated women have higher incomes and contribute to the growth, development, stability and security of their countries – and our region.