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Geneva Call’s Director General signs a cooperation agreement with the Australian government

6th March 2019 |

Alain Délétroz with Mr Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary for International Security of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

To reinforce its longstanding support from Australia, Geneva Call conducted a strategic visit to Melbourne and Canberra from 25 to 28 February. Joined by Taylor Landis, Head of Mission in Myanmar, Director General Alain Délétroz took part in three days of focused discussions with key members of the Australian Government. These sessions enabled Geneva Call to deliver in-depth presentations and analysis linked to our operations and projects across the Eurasia region, specifically those in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

Through roundtable meetings with representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Office of International Law and the Department of Defence, Geneva Call had the opportunity to examine our Eurasia work with experts and practitioners working across many fields. In an expression of its resolve to address critical humanitarian needs through support for our civilian protection efforts within the region, the Australian Government signed a generous 3-year funding agreement with Geneva Call.

In parallel to the meetings with high-level Government representatives, Alain Délétroz and Taylor Landis also explained the work of Geneva Call more widely by presenting our projects to the broader Australian public. Delivering a presentation to students at the Centre for International and Public Law of the Australian National University, Alain and Taylor shared their experiences to demonstrate how Geneva Call promotes respect for the law of armed conflict by armed groups.

The Director General also took part in an interview with Fran Kelly of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the RN Breakfast radio show- you can listen to the full interview here.