Hi Sydneysiders, I will be in town to launch my new book 'Not For the Faint-hearted' at the University of Sydney on Monday 23 October. I'll be joined by Jennifer Hewett from the Australian Financial Review, so I won't get off lightly. Come and join us. Tickets are available here: https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
Just got my copy of Not for the Faint-hearted in the post here in Oxford. I’ll be back in Australia on Monday 23rd to launch it with Jennifer Hewett and Sydney Writers' Festival. Please join us. https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
People ask me - would I do it all again? Join me for my first discussion about Not for the Faint-hearted - it's in Sydney next Monday (23rd October) https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
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)