Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks before attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
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Australia has launched a new bid to be elected to the United Nations Security Council, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the nation hoped to maintain its focus on international security.Bishop said in a statement Wednesday that Australia would be a candidate for a Security Council seat in 2029-30 as she signaled the country's intention to also seek a spot on the U.N. Human Rights Council for 2018-20 .The foreign minister, who is in New York for U.N. meetings, said that Australia served with distinction when it last held a non-permanent seat on the Security Council from 2013-14, "most noticeably through our advocacy of the downing of MH17".
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