Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, talked of the important role the United Nations plays in promoting peace and security, development and human rights. She also highlighted the strong efforts of Australia, as a founding member, to promote these ideals.
Before the commencement of the flag raising ceremony, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre Canberra read the Secretary-General’s UN Day message, with its words stressing that “Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – and in this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.”
Two United Nations flags were then ceremonially raised in front of the building by an official joint Defence flag party comprising of members of the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police. A reception followed with music provided by a woodwind quintet of the Band of the Royal Military College – Duntroon.