My friend Xie Zhenhua says China will meet & beat the 2020 climate target. We now need every country to do more under Paris. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2113871/china-will-meet-2020-carbon-reduction-target-xie
I changed my view on same sex marriage in 2013. As a Christian, it was the right thing to do. Here’s me at The Oxford Union explaining why. And if you want to read about why I changed my view back then, here’s the original blog post: http://www.kevinruddmp.com/2013/05/church-and-state-are-able-to-have.html #VoteYes
Climate change remains the greatest threat to us all, as Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser remind us on this International Day for Disaster Reduction. #IDDR2017 http://news.trust.org/item/20171011134043-46hpj/
Flashback Friday. I've been blessed in my life by the love and support of strong women. My mum. Therese. My daughter Jess. Not for the Faint-hearted, my autobiography out Oct 24, is also the story of a dad, and a husband and a son - and is a thankyou to the women who have stood with me and by me. Pan Macmillan Australia
This should be fun! Sydney Writers' Festival is hosting my book launch on Monday 23rd October. My first event discussing Not for the Faint-hearted. https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/ Pan Macmillan Australia Jennifer Hewett
Flashback Friday Hey Girl. OK own up.... I know I was not the only one with a cheesecloth shirt in the 70s. So groovy. Less groovy were the piles of Hansard. 😂 And yes, this photo makes it into my autobiography. See, there’s a reason I called it Not For the Faint-hearted. #alwaysanerd @panmacmillanaustralia
Speaking at the Oxford Union next week on China, the US and Europe and the future of the global order. Also at Oxford China Center for the next month or so doing a research project on Xi Jinping's worldview. Given the upcoming Chinese Party Congress, and the continued consolidation of Xi's power, I think this will become an important question for all our futures. One day I might even earn a DPhil out of it as well. If I do, I suspect it will many, many, many years hence...Asia Society Policy Institute here in New York of which I'm President still my number one priority. Turning into a great institution. KRudd
Thursday 26th October I will be interviewed by Kerry O'Brien about my autobiography, Not for the Faint-hearted. Getting close to launch Pan Macmillan Australia https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/kevin-rudd-and-kerry-o-brien
Interviewed Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP, on the United Nations, North Korea, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the terrorist threat in the Philippines here at the Asia Society Policy Institute.
Ran into Ivana today as part of my Aussies abroad series. Ivana is working as an intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) here at their meetings at #UNGA in New York. I'm always stunned by how many Australians I see working in or with UN institutions.
On the #Rohingya crisis, the international community should do two things: fund urgent relief work through Bangladesh; and focus political pressure on the Burmese military, who are running this operation. My thoughts in today's edition of The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/opinion/myanmar-rohingya-aung-san-suu-kyi.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region®ion=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0
It is time for #marriageequality. In 2008 my Government extended the definition of de facto to include same sex relationships. We made changes to superannuation so that same-sex couples could leave entitlements to their partner or their children. We ended discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in taxation, health insurance, social security, aged care and child support, immigration, citizenship and veterans affairs. As Foreign Minister, I made it easier for sex and gender diverse people to get a passport in their preferred gender. And of course I fought the 2013 election on marriage equality All of this was important. All of this paved the way. #voteyes
All the focus is on the North Korea crisis. We also need to focus on the long-term stability of the wider region. Join us tonight at 18.30 NY time/08.30 Sydney time (Tuesday) for the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute's latest report: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/live-webcast I'll be in conversation with former US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Singaporean Ambassador to the US Ashok Mirpuri.
There may still be a way through the #NorthKorea crisis. I spoke with Bloomberg Television earlier today: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-09-07/ex-australian-pm-diplomacy-may-work-with-n-korea-video
On the #NorthKorea question and what to do about it, here are some thoughts I penned in The Sydney Morning Herald today: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/chances-of-second-korean-war-between-20-and-25-per-cent-20170903-gy9znq.html
The possibility of armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula is rising. As high as 25%. But watch out for a bilateral initiative from the Administration for direct talks with Pyongyang. Here's the full video and text of my speech to the Utrikespolitiska Institutet in Stockholm: http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/08/31/the-north-korean-nuclear-dilemma-is-asia-heading-towards-armed-conflict-an-address-to-the-swedish-institute-of-international-affairs/ (Video credit: Swedish Institute of International Affairs/Utrikespolitiska Institutet)
These days I'm Chair of the Global Partnership on Sanitation and Water for All. There are still nearly a billion people lacking the most basic sanitation, water and hygiene around the world (more at https://washdata.org/). Here I am speaking at the opening of World Water Week, hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). (Credit: SIWI)
Don't you love the Murdoch boys? Read the headline. Then read the actual facts buried in paragraph 3 of the story: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/federal/2017/08/29/turnbull-government-rated-best-in-ten-years.html In fact if the Murdoch media had bothered to actually read the original report from Essential Media on preferred governments over the last decade, the picture is totally different to their headline—which is 100% false: http://www.essentialvision.com.au/best-government-in-last-10-years And this is the same Murdoch empire that Turnbull and co. were supporting to take over Channel Ten—presumably to extend the reach of New Limited's long-standing tradition of "fair and balanced" reporting. Give us a break!
Part of my continuing series of Aussies abroad, please meet Rowena Barber, Brissie girl now living in Stockholm. Rowena is one of the organisers of World Water Week, which brings together governments, NGOs, water and sanitation companies, UN agencies and the World Bank on how to turn Sustainable Development Goal 6 (water and sanitation for all) into reality. Great to see Aussies doing good things in the world.
This is a first. Disturbing escalation. Time for calm & cool heads on North Korea. And a 'grand bargain' with China. I wrote about this in a recent op-ed in the Financial Times titled "Creative diplomacy is vital to defuse Korean crisis". You can read it here: http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/08/11/kevin-rudd-in-financial-times-creative-diplomacy-is-vital-to-defuse-korean-crisis/ Latest news on North Korean missile launch over Japan: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41078187