Monday, July 10, 2017

Should small states act like small states?

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The Little Red Dot may be little in size but big in voice....
Note two ways in which Singapore punches above its weight and earns a seat for itself among the giants:

1) The Global Governance Group (3G)
The informal group of 30 small and medium-sized countries from all continents was convened by Singapore in 2009. The G-20 had then been revived to tackle the global financial crisis, having been created as a forum for financial stability issues in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

2) Forum Of Small States (FOSS)
Singapore also founded the Forum of Small States at the UN in 1992 as a platform to band together on common interests like environmental concerns. Representatives of its 107 members meet a few times a year to discuss issues of concern to small states


Click on this link HERE for further examples of small countries that matter: Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Qatar

Qns:
1. 'Small countries should not have a say in international affairs.' Comment. (SRJC Mid Yr 2017)
2. Consider the view that small countries cannot exert any real influence in world affairs.
(NJC Prelim 2016)