Foreign Policy White Paper: Vision 2020 Australia response

Vision 2020 Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of the new Foreign Policy White Paper. Vision 2020 Australia’s response relates to improving foreign policy outcomes in relation to the delivery of global eye health and vision care services.

Summary of recommendations

Vision 2020 Australia has four recommendations: 
  1. That the Australian Government takes up its unique opportunity to implement and strengthen innovative and lateral approaches to the delivery of foreign aid, and particularly the delivery of eye health and vision care services in our region.
  2. That the Australian Government continues its leadership role in tackling avoidable blindness and providing vision care in the Asia Pacific region; particularly in relation to the delivery of initiatives which promote disability inclusiveness and gender equality. 
  3. That the Australian Government recognises that foreign aid should sit equally alongside diplomacy, trade and security as a strategic imperative and a crucial part of our foreign policy in creating a global environment which enables Australia’s interests to be advanced.
  4. That the Australian Government ensures alignment of our foreign policy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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