Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has visited the Holy See, meeting with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin and His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, to support the ongoing positive relationship between Australia and the Holy See.
Minister Joyce said his discussions focused on Australia’s global moral responsibility to increase food production to alleviate world poverty.
“Australia is a net exporter of food, and our agricultural resources can play a major role in increasing global standards of living,” Minister Joyce said.
“This is why the Government is committed to agricultural research and development, including bringing more land into production by investing in water infrastructure across regional Australia.”
Minister Joyce said the Holy See had a unique role and standing in international affairs, and it was important this relationship continues.
“Australia has a long history with the Holy See, having held diplomatic relations since 1973 and a resident ambassador appointed to the Holy See since 2008,” Minister Joyce said.
“This relationship has allowed Australia to expand dialogue with the Holy See on important global issues, including human rights, political and religious freedom, global governance and development, inter-faith dialogue, global and regional security, peacekeeping and conflict prevention.
“During these meetings, I was able to discuss Australia’s commitment to meeting our international obligations to resettle refugees from the Middle East, including from Syria.
“And like the Holy See, the Australian Government is committed to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“As Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, I have a particular focus upon Sustainable Development Goal number two, which seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
“A focus for the Government has been ensuring Australian agriculture is well positioned to take advantage of trade opportunities and support global food security.”
Source: Australian Government