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Visit to Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands



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PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Senator The Hon Brett Mason 23 June 2014

VISIT TO SWITZERLAND, BELGIUM AND THE NETHERLANDS

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason, will focus on international development during his visit to Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands from 24 June to 1 July 2014.

In Brussels, Senator Mason will announce Australia’s funding commitment to the Global Partnership for Education - Australia’s largest multilateral partner in the education sector - at a pledging conference on 26 June.

“This funding is part of Australia’s investment in global education, which will boost human development, economic prosperity and security in our region and the world in years to come,” said Senator Mason.

Senator Mason will use this conference as an opportunity to highlight the importance of educating girls and providing access to education for children with disabilities. Senator Mason will also meet European Union representatives responsible for foreign and development policy to discuss enhanced cooperation on development priorities.

In Switzerland, Senator Mason will represent Australia at the 46th annual Tidewater meeting in Ittingen from 29 June to 1 July. This meeting brings together OECD government officials and development organisations to discuss international development policy.

“Australia is committed to working with the international community to address development challenges, many of which are particularly relevant to our region. I look forward to discussing with our partners Australia’s new development policy and performance framework, which was announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last week,” said Senator Mason.

Senator Mason will also visit The Hague and Geneva to meet a number of key international partners such as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Committee of the Red Cross, GAVI and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.