About Kevin

Kevin Rudd has always been an internationalist and global citizen, from co-founding the modern G20 Summit to address the Global Financial Crisis, to successfully lobbying to have Australia sit on the UN Security Council.

As Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, Kevin has led numerous consultations and published several reports on the state and future of international policy, and in 2016 he released the ICM Chair's report looking at whether the United Nations remains fit for purpose.

International Cooperation

International
Cooperation

Kevin Rudd has spent most of his professional life, in one capacity or another, engaged on the core question of Asia and its engagement with Australia and the world.

As Australia's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Asia's growth was one of his central policy preoccupations.

Australia was ASEAN’s first external dialogue partner. Australian diplomacy was at the forefront in the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Forum. This was the same with APEC. Australia was also a foundation member of the East Asia Summit and Kevin Rudd's diplomacy drove the expansion of the EAS to include both the United States and Russia.

Asia and the World

Asia and the World

As Prime Minister of Australia and in his many capacities since, Kevin has been at the forefront of many international summits dealing with the global threat of terrorism.

Kevin understands that effective responses to terrorism must include the active collaboration of international security and intelligence services, acting on terrorist financing, as well as dealing with some of its basic causes including improved education and employment opportunities.

This was very much reflected in Australian policies when Kevin was in office, and his actions since.

Counter-Terrorism

Counter-
Terrorism

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Kevin comes from the driest inhabited continent on earth, and has long been passionate about climate change.

His first act as Prime Minister was the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, and he also twice attempted to legislate for a National Carbon Trading Scheme in the face of vehement political opposition in the Australian Senate.

Kevin has remained globally engaged on climate change since leaving office, speaking at the Climate Change Conference in Paris; convening an independent policy commission on carbon trading in Northern East Asia; as well as speaking extensively around the world encouraging governments to take action.

Climate Change

Climate
Change

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Kevin in all facets of his life and work has striven to ensure gender equality for women.

As Australian Prime Minister Kevin had more women in his Cabinet than any other Australian Government in history.

He also introduced Australia’s first paid parental leave scheme and a 50 per cent child care rebate that helped improve the participation of women in the workforce.

Kevin is absolutely committed to working towards gender equality, and is not interested in political rhetoric unless it is accompanied by real measures that work on the ground.

Gender Equality

Gender
Equality

Kevin believes that sanitation, water and hygiene are basic human rights.

His recent appointment as Chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) enables him to further deploy his skills, experience, and global expertise to solving this fundamental, yet widespread, challenge to humanity.

SWA is a global partnership working towards universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

It is supported by UNICEF and Kevin believes it can be a real force for positive change in delivering this basic human right to everyone everywhere.

Water and Sanitation

Water and
Sanitation

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Kevin is a tireless fighter for equal rights and justice for every individual.

His National Apology to the Stolen Generations is a landmark statement, both in Australia and around the world. More importantly, Kevin then established the National Closing the Gap Strategy, and he has also established his own National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians to further the work on Indigenous reconciliation.

He continues to fight against racism, sexual discrimination, and for greater justice around the world.

Equality and Justice

Equality and
Justice

Latest news

  • Kevin Rudd warns of Trump, trade risk in Asia 12 September 2017 - Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 12 September 2017 Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says the Asia-Pacific can no longer take for granted fast economic growth and ongoing peace, as uncertainty about US President Donald Trump’s commitment to the region and an international backlash against globalisation take their toll. Mr Rudd argues in a […]
  • Kevin Rudd on Buzzfeed: Aung San Suu Kyi Faces An Almost Impossible Dilemma. Don’t Give Up On Her. 10 September 2017 - By Kevin Rudd and Janelle Saffin Originall published on Buzzfeed, 10 September 2017 Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says now is not the time to walk away from Myanmar’s fragile democracy. In 2011, I traveled to Myanmar for the first time. I was then Foreign Minister of Australia, and was convinced that engaging Myanmar […]
  • Kevin Rudd on Bloomberg: Diplomacy Might Work With North Korea 9 September 2017 - Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society, discusses the possible U.S. responses to the rising tensions with North Korea. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu, Joe Weisenthal and Abigail Doolittle on “What’d You Miss?” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Kevin Rudd in SMH: “War drums pound, but diplomacy can still succeed” 6 September 2017 - Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald – 6 September 2017 Having followed closely the events on the Korean Peninsula for the better part of 35 years, I believe the prospect of a Second Korean War remains highly unlikely. The reality is that it has now become an increasing possibility, but not a probability. Until recently most analysts […]
  • The North Korean Nuclear Dilemma: Is Asia Heading Towards Armed Conflict? An Address to the Swedish Institute of International Affairs 31 August 2017 - The North Korean Nuclear Dilemma: Is Asia Heading Towards Armed Conflict? An Address to the Swedish Institute of International Affairs The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute Stockholm, Thursday 31 August 2017 Thank you very much Mats. It’s great to be back in Stockholm. I really enjoy this city, I enjoy this country. You […]
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN International: North Korea 16 August 2017 - It’s time for calm minds, moderate language and hard-headed diplomacy on #NorthKorea to find a “Grand Bargain” on nukes @cnni @AsiaPolicy pic.twitter.com/pOvvzKuVsx — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 16 August 2017

Watch Kevin in Action

7 hours ago
Turnbull should provide major levels of humanitarian aid to Bangladesh to support #Rohingya refugees. Full intervie… https://t.co/PiGcmWB8ta
18 hours ago
On @abc730 tonight re the #Myanmar humanitarian crisis and the North Korean nuclear challenge #UNGA
6 days ago
In '08 my Govt removed discrimination against same sex couples from 80+ bits of legislation. Just the start #voteyes https://t.co/ADQEQ5MpKi
7 days ago
So many warnings to Turnbull about what the postal vote cld unleash. Now my godson Sean has been punched standing… https://t.co/VtdKoWi10Y
7 days ago
Congrats Cézanne. Glad to have been the answer to your question. 🙂 Deputy's job much over-rated 🙂 https://t.co/41fm8YnrdV MrKRudd photo