C O N F I D E N T I A L CANBERRA 000837
IO/UNP; EAP (VORDERSTRASSE)
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/14/2019
TAGS: PREL UNGA XA XB XD XF XG XS XM XL
SUBJECT: UNGA GOALS AND OBJECTIVES DELIVERED TO GOA
REF: STATE 90254
Classified By: Pol/Econ Counselor Edgard Kagan for reasons 1.4 (b/d)
SUMMARY:(C) Pol/Econ counselor delivered reftel demarche
September 2 to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Craig
Maclachlan. Maclachlan stated that DFAT is still putting
together their brief for the UNGA. Prime Minister Rudd,
Foreign Minister Smith, and Climate Change Minister Penny
Wong will be attending. Australia's top priorities will be
institutionalization of the G-20 leaders meeting, climate
change and campaigning for a non-permanent seat on the
Security Council for 2013-2014. FM Smith plans to have a
very ambitious schedule of meetings, according to Maclachlan,
who said that the Minister ended up holding approximately 100
separate UNGA meetings and pull-asides in 2008. END SUMMARY
Â¶1. (C/NF) PM Rudd wants to ensure the institutionalization
of the G-20 leaders meeting and plans to reinforce that
message at his UNGA meetings prior to the Pittsburgh Summit.
Maclachlan stated that Australia would like to be a "voice"
for those who are not members of the G-20 and that Rudd and
FM Smith will stress that Australia is open to raising issues
on their behalf.
Â¶2. (C/NF) Maclachlan said that promoting Australia's
campaign for a non-permanent UNSC seat for 2013-2014 is a
primary focus for the PM and the FM. Noting the recent
Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) endorsement of Australia's bid,
Maclachlan said Rudd and Smith will pay particular attention
to the Caribbean bloc as well as African countries.
Â¶3. (C/NF) Climate Change Minister Penny Wong's presence at
UNGA reflects Australia's concern with preparing for both the
G-20 Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh as well as the upcoming
Copenhagen summit. Maclachlan said Australia hopes to build
support for a strong Copenhagen deal while reinforcing
Australia's role on the issue.
Â¶4. (C/NF) Additional goals for the GOA during the UNGA
include furthering non-proliferation and disarmament issues,
peacekeeping, and budget and financial issues, since both the
scale and regular budget will be considered.