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Embassy of Australia to Peru and Bolivia
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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Hon. Julie Bishop MP
Ambassador to Peru
24 August 2014
Today I announce the appointment of Mr Nicholas McCaffrey as Australia’s next Ambassador to Peru with non-resident accreditation to Bolivia.
Mr McCaffrey is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served overseas at Australian missions in Manila, Buenos Aires and Madrid. He also served in Honiara with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, and as a Ceasefire Monitor in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
In Canberra, Mr McCaffrey has worked in a range of roles, including in the Latin America Branch and as Director of the Department's Crisis Management Section.
Mr McCaffrey holds a Masters degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University. He speaks Spanish and is married with three children.
Australia and Peru established diplomatic relations in 1963 and today enjoy an important and expanding relationship underpinned by strong economic engagement, particularly in mining and mining equipment, technology and services. More than 65 Australian companies operate in Peru and earlier this year MMG, a Melbourne based mining company, purchased the Las Bambas copper mine for $5.8 billion.
Australia and Peru are both members of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and cooperate in a number of regional fora, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the World Trade Organisation. Australia is an observer to the Pacific Alliance of which Peru is a founding member.
People-to-people relations between Australia and Peru are being further strengthened through education and cultural engagement. In 2013 more than 1,600 Peruvian students studied in Australia and the National Gallery of Australia successfully hosted the Gold and the Incas exhibition in Canberra, drawing more than 160,000 visitors. In 2013, approximately 35,000 Australian tourists visited Peru.
Relations with Bolivia are also growing, with Australia hosting the President of the Bolivian College of Geologists during his attendance at the third Latin America Down Under mining conference in Sydney in May of this year.
Mr McCaffrey is expected to take up his appointment in September 2014 replacing Mr John ML Woods PSM.
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Partnering to End Violence Against Women
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we are reminded of the horrific acts of violence against women that take place every day – in Australia and across the Pacific, in the countries of the Indian Ocean Rim and beyond.
Violence against women persists as one of the most heinous and prevalent human rights abuses.
While there is no shortage of good work being done in every country, the statistics remain deeply disturbing, and the impact of violence on individual’s lives and on the well-being of our communities is devastating.
Globally, more than one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way, most often by someone she knows, including her husband or another male family member. In some parts of the Pacific, the reported rate is as high as two in three surveyed women. In Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
Australia’s National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children reported that in 2009 violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy an estimated AU$13.6 billion and, without appropriate action, this could rise to AU$15.6 billion by 2021-22.
Violence affects women first and foremost, but also their children, families and communities. However, it is also a burden on national economies, as well a barrier to lasting peace and a threat to sustainable national development.
International evidence shows we can create the change necessary to prevent violence against women and their children. To do this, we must address the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate, justify, excuse and fail to counter such violence.
Australia recently launched its Second Action Plan: Moving Ahead 2013-16 which unites the Australian community to make a significant and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women and their children. During the Second Action Plan, we expect that cultural change will advance; women will feel encouraged to report their experiences; and more members of the Australian community will actively reject violence.
Recognising that violence against women is an issue that effects women and girls around the world, Australia is committed to supporting and partnering with other countries to end violence against women.
Earlier this year, Australia launched a four-year AUD20 million program aimed at addressing both the causes and consequences of violence in Timor-Leste by working to prevent violence and provide support services.
In Fiji, Australia has supported the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre since its establishment in 1984 to provide counselling and support services to over 35,000 new clients and 41,000 repeat clients.
We have also contributed more than AU$30 million to ending violence against women and girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2013. This funding is providing support services for women and their children as well as innovative approaches to engaging with men, women, religious and community leaders to challenge attitudes and behaviours that tolerate violence against women.
Women are particularly susceptible to violence during times of conflict, emergencies and crisis. This is why Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs is a Champion of the United Kingdom’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. It is also why Australia is active at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to promote the Women, Peace and Security agenda. In October this year, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, attended the UNSC Open Debate on Women Peace and Security, drawing attention to the particular vulnerability of women and girls displaced by conflict and calling for an end to sexual violence in conflict.
Each individual, community and government has a responsibility to speak out against violence against women. In our workplaces, in our schools and universities, in our communities and in our homes, we must all say “enough”.
Australia’s Prime Minister is leading by example as a White Ribbon Ambassador. At the highest level of the Australian Government, Prime Minister Abbott has made clear that Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women.
Our collective efforts are needed to achieve profound and lasting change around the world; not just for the benefit of women and girls, but for all of us.
G-20 documents now available in 13 languages
A selection of documents about the G20 have been translated into the thirteen G20 member country languages. They are featured on a dedicated page on the official G20 website: https://www.g20.org/g20_priorities/multilingual_content.
A Victorian State Election has been announced for 29 November 2014. Electors should refer to the Victorian Electorate Commission (VEC) website at: http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/. Electors can also contact the VEC directly by telephone: +61 3 8620 1100, or email: email@example.com.
International Mining and Resources Conference
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will bring global leaders from the mining and mining services sectors, governments from all over the world and the capital resources and finance sector to Melbourne from 22-26 September. Registrations at www.imarcmelbourne.com
Peru’s National Registry of Identity and Civil Status (RENIEC) has announced that foreigners holding a Peruvian Residency for the past two years or more can participate in the upcoming local elections, taking place on 5 October. In order to vote, they must register, before 6 June, in RENIEC’s Registro de Extranjeros.
Recent News and Events
Ambassador John ML Woods receives the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government
On 2 September, at the Torre Tagle Palace, Ambassador Woods was decorated with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government. He received this honor from Peruvian Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Claudio de la Puente.
Members of the diplomatic corps, the Peruvian Government, Australian business and Embassy staff attended the ceremony. In a heartfelt speech, Ambassador Woods highlighted the main successes achieved during his four year mission, heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and thanked his team, his wife Gay and all the attendees for the role they played and continue playing in promoting the relation between Australia and Peru.
Vice-Minister De la Puente, recalled his mission as Peruvian Ambassador to Australia where he was able to meet Ambassador Woods for the first time when Woods was Director of the Latin America and Canada Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra; De la Puente highlighted the important achievements of Ambassador Woods during his missions in Peru and his central role in the strengthening of the bilateral relation.
Ambassador Woods ended his participation wishing the best to his successor, Nicholas McCaffrey.
For Ambassador Woods’ full speech (in Spanish), click here.
The Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers pays tribute to Australian Ambassador to Peru John ML Woods at the end of his mission
On 28 August, Ambassador Woods received the recognition of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers for his four years heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and his efforts towards the strengthening of mining linkages between both countries.
The Director of the Institute, Ms Isabel Arias, gave a speech highlighting Woods’ admirable career. She presented Ambassador Woods with a commemorative medal and diploma.
Ambassador Woods had the honour and responsibility of re-opening the Australian Embassy in Lima in 2010. In these four years, the relations between both countries have been strengthened; the solid relations based on mining have expanded towards new and exciting areas such as culture, education, research and capacity building.
Even though Mr. Woods is now back in Australia, he hopes to continue contributing to the bilateral relationship and return to Peru in the future.