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UNSC bid in full swing


Martine Letts

2 March 2009 17:32

Sam's post is rather unfair on UN Ambassador Robert Hill. Other sources say that the Australian UN Security Council push is, in fact, in full swing and that Robert Hill is investing a great deal of energy into it, in New York and through a tour of African capitals. This has been low key — so far — but not slow. 

Perhaps more germane is the fact that New York Permanent Representatives play an important role in deciding their countries’ vote, and that they will vote for the personality of the Ambassador as much as they will vote for the country. It makes sense, therefore, to send to New York an Ambassador whose period of assignment might safely be assumed to encompass the two-year Security Council term from 2013-2014, should Australia be elected.  It was never likely that Robert Hill would stay in New York until 2014. 

And while we are on the subject of the Australian Security Council strategy, Australia should remember the important Latin American vote, with 21 countries forming a powerful electoral group. Our experience from the last unsuccessful bid for the Security Council in 1996 also showed the important role the Vatican played in supporting Portugal’s success.

Was this why Tim Fischer was sent as Ambassador to the Vatican? Perhaps not, but his skills will come in useful in Rome, as will his personal enthusiasm for and connections with Latin America, where he was always a big hit.