Australia takes over Presidency of UN Security Council

6th September 2013

Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, His Excellency Mr. Gary Quinlan, has assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of September. The President is responsible for convening and chairing Security Council meetings, managing the agenda, and facilitating the work of the Council. The Programme of Work for the month was adopted on 4 September and will review UN operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Golan Heights. Building upon the momentum of the Arms Trade Treaty, Australia will convene a high-level meeting on small arms and light weapons, marking the first time in 5 year that SALW will be considered in-depth at the Security Council. Read more here.