Punching Above Our Weight


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An overview of Australia's role as a Global Citizen. Useful for NSW School Certificate Stage 5 Australian History.

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Punching Above Our Weight

  1. 1. Punching Above Our Weight? Australia as a Global Citizen<br />Stage 5 Australian History <br />
  2. 2. In the post-war era (1945-present) Australia has grown more and more aware of its role as a global citizen<br />Australia been an active participant in the global community.<br />Australia has a keen sense of responsibility and motivation to make a positive impact on a global stage<br />Australia has been a key member of the United Nations (UN) that, since the end of WWII, has been at the centre of most international initiatives to promote peace and security around the world.<br />Australia has a presence on nearly every continent, either as advisors or consultants or in a military form.<br />Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Inquiry questions<br />What role has Australia played in international affairs in the postwar period?<br />What have been some important political developments in postwar Australian history?<br />How have significant individuals and groups exercised their democratic rights in the postwar period?<br />
  4. 4. Australia and the world<br />World Youth Day<br />APEC<br />Olympics....<br />
  5. 5. Australia and the world<br />
  6. 6. Using your textbook, find and write down the definitions of the following terms:<br />Annex<br />Autonomous<br />Forward defence<br />Global citizen<br />Globalisation <br />Humanitarian <br />Mandate <br />Ratify <br />Subversion <br />Terms and concepts<br />
  7. 7. Key facts about the UN:<br />Established on 24 October1945<br />Australia was a founding member<br />International body for peace and security around the world<br />Headquarters located in New York, USA<br />The United Nations<br />
  8. 8. THE UNITED NATIONS is a unique international organization of 192 sovereign States, representing virtually every country in the world. It was founded after the Second World War to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. <br />The aims of the UN<br />
  9. 9. The organisation of the UN<br />
  10. 10. Find at least two facts about each of the following bodies and state whether Australia is involved in this body.<br />Trusteeship Council<br />Security Council<br />General Assembly<br />Economic and Social Council<br />International Court of Justice<br />Secretariat<br />Main bodies<br />
  11. 11. Australia was a founding member of the UN<br />Dr Herbet Evatt was one of the significant Australians to participate in the early UN years<br />Australia has been an active member of UN peacekeeping operations since 1945<br />Australia is not a permanent member of the Security Council, but has been a member many times<br />Australia changed its position after 9/11 and went to war with the USA without UN approval<br />Australia and the UN<br />
  12. 12. Asian Development Bank<br />World Trade Organisation<br />International Labour Organisation<br />World Bank<br />ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)<br />APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation)<br />Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)<br />Pacific Regional Environment Programme<br />SEATO (South East Asian Treaty Organisation)<br />Other international organisations (Australia is a member)<br />
  13. 13. The Asia-Pacific Region<br />Pacific Ocean<br />Indian Ocean<br />
  14. 14. Economic<br />Political<br />Military/Security<br />Socio-cultural<br />Immigration<br />Environmental<br />Scientific<br />Regional Agreements<br />
  15. 15.
  16. 16. Current Australian involvement<br />
  17. 17. What are Australia’s main responsibilities internationally?<br />What should our responsibilities be as a global citizen?<br />Are we “punching above our weight”?<br />Concluding comments<br />