23 Oct 2017

Australia expected to voice Pacific concerns on rights council

From , 5:03 am on 23 October 2017

Vanuatu's government says it expects Australia to advance the concerns of Pacific Islands states now that it has a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Support from Pacific countries played a part in Australia's election on to the 47-seat body last week.

Vanuatu's parliamentary secretary responsible for international development co-operation, Jonny Koanapo, has congratulated Australia, saying it's important that it has a voice on the council.

Jonny Koanapo spoke to Johnny Blades.

The flag of the Republic of Vanuatu (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Photo: UN Photo//Loey Felipe