Minister launches Australia and the United Nations book

Media release

7 February 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr launched a history of Australia’s engagement with the United Nations in Canberra this morning.

The book, “Australia and the United Nations”, details Australia’s long and distinguished role on the multi-national stage, as a founding member of the League of Nations, through to the formation of the United Nations, and the present day seat on the UN Security Council.

It highlights the key roles played by Australians at the United Nations – including Dr HV ‘Doc’ Evatt, who was central to the drafting of the UN Charter; the Chifley Government Minister, Norman Makin, who chaired the inaugural session of the UN Security Council in 1946 and former Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, who helped the UN craft a peace settlement in Cambodia in the 1980s and 1990s.

Chapters of the book detail Australia’s role on the Security Council, as well as our involvement in important issues of the past half century, including decolonisation, poverty reduction and peacekeeping.

The book’s launch is timely as Australia begins a two year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

The book was written by historians in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, together with distinguished academics from the Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, and the University of Tasmania.

It was edited by Professor James Cotton (UNSW, ADFA) and Dr David Lee (DFAT).

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