Multigovernmental Organisations (MGOs) influence on Global Interations


This page introduces Multigovernmental Organisations with a fun map and logo starter. The page then provides a broad range of activities based on the relevance and role for economic integration in different MGOs, including the UN, NAFTA, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as the World Trade Organisation and the economic policy of neoliberalism. It explores the role of Free Trade Zones, through the Lagos Free zone and presents the role of MGOs and Free Trade Zones  in the context  of the question, who is most likely to benefit, the host country or the global corporations?

Enquiry Question

How do Multi Governmental Organisations like the UN and Trade Blocks influence Globalization?

Lesson Time: 1 Hour

Lesson Objectives:

  • To understand the role of MGOs in terms of influencing globalization
  • To describe the influence these MGOs have on globalization

Teacher Notes:

Starter - Name this Map - Students should attempt to name the map showing trading blocks

1. The Role of the UN - Students can watch the speech of Donald Trump at the UN and discuss the role of the UN today

2. The Influence of the UN - Using the worksheet students can develop the ways the UN has importance global influence. They can use the UN site for support

3. MGOs and Economic Integration - Students can watch the video on economic integration and annotate their worksheet on the the types of economic integration

4. NAFTA Graph - Students should then describe the importance of NAFTA to USA, Canada and Mexico. Students should identify the differences in trade and benefits

5. The World Bank and IMF - Students should watch the video on the IMF and make notes on which countries have the largest power influence over the institutions and the conditions that tend to come with loans. This can  be followed up with the Noam Chomski video

6. Free Trade Zones - Students can then answer the question on the diagram based on the benefits of free trade zones. Follow this up with the BBC video on the free trade zone under construction in Lagos, Nigeria.

Starter Activity_Name this Map_Places and Spatial Interactions

 Check your idea bleow in the hidden box

Student Activity_Match the Mission Statement to the Correct MGO_ Processes and Power

Complete this quick gap fill quiz

Fill the Gap

  is an international organisation made up of 193 member countries. It main missions is to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, promote sustainable development and  uphold international law

The IMF    ASEAN PLUS 3  The World Bank  The UN  The EU 




    is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system. It does so in three ways: keeping track of the global economy and the economies of member countries; lending to countries with balance of payments difficulties; and giving practical help to members.

The IMF    NAFTA    The World Bank   The UN    The EU 




    is a comprehensive trade agreement that sets the rules of trade and investment between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Since the agreement entered into force on January 1, 1994, it has systematically eliminated most tariff and non-tariff barriers to free trade and investment between the three countries




   has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

The EU  The IMF  NAFTA  The World Bank  USAN 




The aim of     was to accelerate the development of the Forum Island Countries (FICs) through the expansion and diversification of trade to Australia and New Zealand, promotion of investment in the FICs and the facilitation of economic cooperation including commercial, industrial, agricultural and technical cooperation.




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Student Activity_Does the UN have a role today?_Processes and Power

Watch the first minute of Donald Trump's speech at the UN Conference in 2017

Discuss the importance of the UN in our contemporary global society

Student Activity_Looking Deeper at the Role of the UN_Processes and Power

Using the worksheet below based on the UN's 70 ways it works for a better world, identify ways the UN and its affiliated groups work to improve the global community.

Alternatively use the linked UN site and under each heading identify what you consider to be the two or three most important ways under each heading the UN influences the global community.

The UN 70 Ways

Student Activity_MGOs and Different Types of Economic Integration_Places, Power and Spatial Interaction

Watch the following video on the different types of economic integration within MGOs and make notes on the worksheet provided

MGOs and Economic Integration

Student Activity_ NAFTA Trade in Numbers_Places, Power and Spatial Interaction

Study the graph and using data describe the importance of the NAFTA agreement to Canada, Mexico and the USA in  terms of the extent to which NAFTA improves economic integration in the region

Source: The Economist

Student Activity_The World Bank_ and International Monetary Fund (IMF)_Neoliberal Policies_Places, Power and Spatial Interactions

Watch the 5 minute crop from the Documentary Superpower and IMF, World Bank and WTO organisations and answer the following questions

  1. Describe which countries have the largest control over the IMF and World Bank
  2. Describe the type of conditions that tend to come with the arranged loans from the IMF and World Bank

The following video of Noam Chomsky explains the backround to Neoliberalism

Student Activity_ The Role of Free Trade Zones_Places, Procsesses and Spatial Interactions

Study the diagram of the benefits that Free Trade Zone status brings to Dubai.

  1. Why do you think Countries invest in free trade zones?
  2. Who benefits from Free Trade Zones?
  3. How does the country and its people benefit from Free Trade Zones?

Free Trade Zones Worksheet

Student Activity_Lagos Free Trade Zone_Places, Processes and Power

Watch the following video on the Lagos Free Trade Zone and answer the questions on the worksheet

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