The UN Parliamentary Group (UNAA Parliamentary Group) is a selection of Federal Australian Parliamentarians who have a particular interest in the work, goals and values of the United Nations, and its relationship with Australia. This non-partisan network is chaired by Sharman Stone MP and deputy co-chaired Melissa Parke MP, a West Australian Labor MP, who worked as a lawyer for the United Nations prior to entering politics, and Dr Chris Buck, Liberal Senator for Western Australia. This group was originally established in the mid 2000’s by UNAA President Russell Trood whilst he was a sitting Australian Senator in conjunction with Professor John Langmore then UNAA National President.
This group regularly holds briefings and events at Parliament House, Canberra, which UNAA members are sometimes invited to attend. Some of the more recent events hosted by the UN Parliamentary Group have included:
- United Nations Development (UNDP) Seminar. Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand spoke about the work of the UNDP in relation to the Millennium Development Goals.
- Gareth Evans on Libya and the Responsibility to Protect. Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC gave an animated briefing on the principles of Responsibility to Protect and its application to an appropriate response to the political situation in Libya.
- World Food Programme Seminar. Mr Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Food Programme spoke about the global challenges facing WFP.