Multilateral and international organisations
Australia’s support for multilateral and international organisations extends the reach of the aid program and leverages the benefits Australia’s assistance can deliver. Australia supports a range of development banks, United Nations agencies, including the World Food Program, United Nations Children’s Fund and United Nations Development Program, as well as Commonwealth development agencies. Through support to international health programs Australia addresses persistent global health challenges, including tuberculosis, poor reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and polio, and emerging challenges such as non-communicable diseases and violence against women. In 2002 Australia will also continue to support international environment programs including the Global Environment Facility and the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund, to address the challenges of climate change, conservation of biological diversity, ozone layer depletion and protection of the marine environment.
Emergency and humanitarian assistance
In close cooperation with its international and domestic development partners, Australia aims to deliver quick, effective and targeted assistance to those caught in conflict and emergency situations. In 2001-02, Australia will focus on response to humanitarian crises and conflict prevention in the Asia-Pacific region. This regional focus will be in the context of a continued strong global response to international humanitarian crises as they emerge. Initiatives in emergency assistance will include mainstreaming disaster preparedness and conflict prevention into bilateral development programs, ensuring a smoother transition between relief, recovery and development activities and greater emphasis on vulnerability reduction and supporting local capacities for peace.