Australia to endorse UN anti-poverty goals


Australia is expected to adopt new anti-poverty goals as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop continues her United Nation meetings in New York.

Ms Bishop will join world leaders early on Saturday morning (AEST) to endorse 17 "ambitious" sustainable development goals.

They include ending poverty, promoting sustainable agriculture, ensuring healthy lives and quality education and empowering women and girls.

Combating climate change and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies are also listed.

The foreign minister has already met with the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, where she discussed the goals and the importance of implementing them.

Mr Ban also praised Australia's historical tradition of generosity to refugees and commended the government's recent efforts focusing on displaced people in the Middle East.

The government has committed to a one-off intake of 12,000 refuges fleeing the region.

The pair also discussed following up on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine, killing 298 people including 38 Australians.

Ms Bishop has also met the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke.

While in New York, the foreign minister will speak at a summit hosted by President Obama where she is expected to call for a greater effort to defeat Islamic State, or Daesh.

She will also address the UN Security Council on the collective action needed to end the conflicts in the Middle East and discuss the humanitarian crisis and international counter-terrorism initiatives with leaders.

Reform of the UN system, better peacekeeping methods and Australia's priorities for the Paris climate change conference in December will also be on the minister's agenda.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott had been scheduled to attend but his successor Malcolm Turnbull decided not to go.