How to be a citizen ambassador in Australia
The process of becoming a citizen Ambassador to the United Nations is a relatively new one, but Australia is currently a founding member of the Council of Foreign Ministers, and it has already been an international success.
The first Australian ambassador to the UN was the late Christopher Stokes in the 1950s.
He served as the country’s ambassador from 1963 to 1967 and became the first Australian diplomat to become the UN’s first ever Permanent Representative.
A new generation of Australian ambassadors has followed in his footsteps, such as the recent appointment of Nick Coles to the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
It is worth noting that the Australian government has not been shy about naming its own ambassadors, as was the case with former Foreign Minister David Anderson.
While the country may not be as well known for its diplomatic prowess as some other countries, Australia has had ambassadors for the past 15 years, and has also hosted two High Commission missions, a high-level summit in Sydney, and a high school graduation ceremony.
Despite the international success, Australia’s current ambassador, Julie Bishop, has not always been an advocate of diplomatic engagement.
During her time as Foreign Minister, Bishop has been criticised for her role in the Iran nuclear deal, a decision she has said was not based on her personal views on the matter, but on “a long and careful analysis of the facts and a thorough examination of the diplomatic and strategic ramifications”.
The current Australian Ambassador to China, David Johnston, is also a former member of Australia’s Foreign Affairs Council, where he served in the role from 2014 to 2016.
There are no immediate plans for Bishop to be replaced by a new ambassador.
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