The Role That Australia Has Played in International Affairs in the Post-War Period

Australia began to become more conscious of its role as a global citizen after the end of World War II. This is when Australia began to gain a sense of independence. It began to realise its isolation from Britain and the United States.   Australia began to play a role in international affairs.   Australia did this by being one of the founding members for the UN (United Nations) and by becoming part of regional agreements such as the Columbo Plan, APEC, ANZUS, and SEATO.
In June of 1945 Australia, along with fifty-one other countries signed the UN ‘Charter’ as founding members. The Unites Nations is always the centre of most international initiatives to promote peace and security and improve the lives of the world’s people. One of the agencies of the UN that Australia is involved in is UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Australia joined the organization on November 4 1946 and was one of the first member states to do so. UNESCO is an organisation aiming to ‘build peace in the minds of men’. UNESCO does this by actively pursuing the Millennium Development Goals. UNESCO tries to focus on halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries by 2015, achieving universal and primary education in all countries by 2015, eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005, helping countries implement a national strategy for sustainable development by 2005 and to reverse current trends in the loss of environmental resources by 2015.
Australia is also a part of other United Nations Organizations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). WHO acts as the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations System. It is responsible for...