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Master of International Law & International Relations Graduate Profile

Jonathan Stambolis

Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Master of International Law & International Relations
Year commenced: 
2010

At 28, Jonathan enrolled in a Masters of International Relations & International Law and it was not long after he completed his degree that he was working in an international career.

‘One month after graduating I was in New York representing Australia at the United Nations in negotiations on humanitarian affairs, development and global health,’ Jonathan said.

Jonathan was appointed by the Australian Government an as Adviser to Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, represented Australia in daily round-the-clock negotiations at the United Nations, and was part of the team which worked to secure Australia's successful election to the United Nations Security Council.

During this posting, Jonathan was was also appointed to play a leading role in the negotiation and drafting of the groundbreaking 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS between all 192 Member States of the United Nations. This culminated in an agreement to invest the largest amount of money to combat a single disease in history ($22 billion annually) and to provide access to lifesaving HIV medication to up to 15 million people in need by 2015 - an outcome reported in the international media as one of the most successful in the UN's history.

In 2012, at the age of 31, Jonathan was appointed as an Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, a role in which Jonathan helped shape the United Nations response to a broad range of global issues and crises.

According to Jonathan, 'The MILIR program at UNSW was my passport to the world.'

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