Australia has been a “good” global citizen through its supportive role in the United Nations (UN), aid in other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and promotion of a range of regional agreements involving countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations first came into being in 1945 as an organisation dedicated to the maintenance of world peace and security. Being one of its founding members, Australia has committed troops to over 20 UN peacekeeping operations and supports the UN by consenting to treaties, contributing to UN discussions involving the Australian nation and providing its troops at the UN’s disposal.
By joining the UN, Australia has signified a commitment to working to avoid military conflict. This role first began in 1947 when Australia sent men to act as spies for the UN commission during the Indonesian protests against Dutch rule. Since then, Australia has provided peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in a variety of countries including:
Australia’s military forces have also served in the Korean War (1950-1953) and the Gulf War (1991).
Australia’s role in the UN isn’t just based on preventing armed conflict. It also supports the UN by contributing to specialist UN bodies such as:
Australia also contributes to the UN through discussions concerning a wide range of issues such as international security, refugee issues and environmental protection issues and more that affect Australia. Along with its support to the UN Australia has also sought to improve is security and economic prosperity through a range of agreements in the Asia Pacific region. These include the:
ANZUS Treaty – This treaty was signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States in 1951. The terms of the treaty stated that if any of the countries were attacked, they would come together and decide on an appropriate response. This was also a way for Australia to strengthen its alliance with the US. The treaty...
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