Speeches

  • Kevin Rudd: In Defense of the Liberal International Order (2/21/2017) - On February 21, 2017, ASPI President Kevin Rudd gave an address at the Fundación Rafael del Pino in Madrid, Spain. His speech focused on the lost traditions of the West and the future of the liberal international order in the face of “systemic” changes that are transforming the world. Rudd finds the world “buffeted by the most […]
  • Munich Security Conference 2017 – Panel Discussion “Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula” (2/20/2017) - John Chipman (Director General and Chief Executive, International Institute for Strategic Studies; introduction), Yun Byung-Se (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea), Ng Eng Hen (Minister of Defence, Republic of Singapore), Fu Ying (Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National People’s Congress, Parliament of the People’s Republic of China), Lassina Zerbo (Executive […]
  • Why ‘Closing the Gap’ Remains Valid For The Future (2/13/2017) - Why ‘Closing the Gap’ Remains Valid For The Future The need for a new target on Indigenous child removal. An Address on the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples. The Hon. Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia Chair of the National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians Australian National University Canberra […]
  • Australia Day address to the American Australian Association (1/20/2017) - His Excellency the Consul General, Distinguished Guests, My fellow Australians, My fellow New Yorkers, One and all. I begin by honouring the First Australians, who first settled our continent some 70,000 years ago, and whose cultures represent the oldest continuing cultures on earth. I also honour those Australians who have come more recently to our […]
  • Address to The Raisina Dialogue 2017 (1/18/2017) - On January 17, 2017, in a keynote address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, ASPI President The Hon. Kevin Rudd outlined ten major challenges facing the international community and the multilateral system. Below is the text of the speech as prepared. 2017: The Year of Living Dangerously Address to The Raisina Dialogue Observer Research […]
  • Address to ANU: On Building a Big Australia (12/16/2016) - On Building a Big Australia An Address on Receipt of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Australian National University. The Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York. Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, New York Llewellyn Hall Canberra 16 December, 2016. I honour […]
  • CDP annual dinner at Columbia University (12/8/2016) - Was a pleasure this week to speak at the CDP annual dinner at Columbia University in New York. CDP is a not-for-profit that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Data, measurement and understanding what greenhouse gas emission reduction is being achieved is absolutely critical […]
  • The United States, China and Europe under a Trump Administration (11/24/2016) - An Address to the Hamburg Summit on Europe China Relations The Hon Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York. Hamburg City Hall 23 November 2016 Former Chancellor of Germany, Gerhardt Schroeder. Mayor Olaf Scholz of the City of Hamburg. Distinguished guests. Ladies and gentlemen. It is […]
  • President Trump, the Future of Great Power Relations and the Role of the UN (11/22/2016) - An Address to the World Policy Conference French Institute of International Relations Doha 21 November 2016 It’s good to be back in Doha. It’s good to be back in the Gulf with so many friends from the Arab world. And its good to be participating in this World Policy Conference, convened by the French Institute […]
  • Rising to the Global Sustainability Challenge: Future Action on Climate Change (11/1/2016) - The Hon. Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President, Asia Society Policy Institute Speech delivered at the BSR Annual Conference 1 November 2016 New York Next week, government, business and civil society leaders will gather in Marrakesh in our latest global effort to tackle the climate crisis. The task: translate the historic progress from […]
  • “The Future of the United Nations and Global Order” speech delivered at Peking University (10/12/2016) - The Future of the United Nations and Global Order 联合国和世界秩序的未来 The Hon. Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia Chair, Independent Commission on Multilateralism Honorary Professor, Peking University Remarks at Peking University 21 October 2016 Beijing   同学们,老师们,大家早上好, 很高兴回到北京大学,并正式成为北京大学的一员。 感谢王缉思老师的邀请和安排。   中国有个传统的说法: 天不怕,地不怕,就怕老陆说中国话。 我希望,成为北京大学的荣誉教授之后,大家就不怕老陆说中国话了。 北京大学也有一个说法: 世界一流大学在哪里? 清华大学………… 出门向左300米。   我知道,这是开玩笑的。 我也是清华大学苏世民书院的顾问。 实在来讲,北大和清华都是非常好的大学。 北大是中国历史上第一所“国立”大学。 作为一位研究中国的学者, 我很尊敬北大的传统: […]
  • Kevin Rudd: The future of U.S.-China relations under the next administration: Is there a solution to the North Korean nuclear question? (10/11/2016) - The Hon. Kevin Rudd Former Prime Minister of Australia President, Asia Society Policy Institute Speech to the Oxford China Centre Deutsche Bank Distinguished Lecture Series October 11, 2017, 6:00PM Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, It’s good to be back at Oxford. It’s good to be back at the Oxford China Center. And it’s a pleasure […]
  • United Nations General Assembly High Level Conversation on Religions for Peace (5/9/2016) - United Nations 6 May 2016 New York I thank you, Mr. President. Distinguished colleagues. Fellow members of the international faith community who are with us here today in New York. I congratulate you, Mr. President, on convening this High Level Conversation on Religions for Peace. As I congratulate the High Representative of the Alliance of […]
  • Russia and the Future of Security on the Korean Peninsula (4/28/2016) - Russia and the Future of Security on the Korean Peninsula Speech delivered to the Higher School of Economics, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs 28 April 2016 Moscow It’s good to be back in Moscow. This is my fourth visit here over the past four years. I am honored to be here to speak […]
  • Advancing the rights, interests, and role of women around the world (4/2/2016) - THE HONOURABLE KEVIN RUDD 26TH PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA BEIJING 2 APRIL 2016 HER EXCELLENCY MENG XIAOSI, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ALL CHINA WOMEN’S FEDERATION. MADAM YANG LAN, CHAIRPERSON, SUN MEDIA GROUP. BARBARA WOODWARD, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA VISHAKHA DESAI, PRESIDENT EMERITA, ASIA SOCIETY. DISTINGUISHED GUESTS. AND YOU, THE DELEGATES TO THIS IMPORTANT CONFERENCE. YOU, […]
  • Opening Remarks – SWA Meeting – Addis Ababa (3/15/2016) -   It’s good to be back in Addis. It’s good to be here at this important meeting. As you all know, this is not the first such meeting. This is the fourth ministerial meeting since this partnership was established in 2008. But it’s the first to be convened since the international community agreed on the […]
  • The Slowing Global Economy and China’s 5-Year Plan (3/10/2016) - Interview on Bloomberg TV 10 March 2016   ASPI President Kevin Rudd discusses China’s economic transition and its impact on the global economy with Bloomberg’s Vonnie Quinn on “Bloomberg Markets”  
  • ASPI Report Release “India’s Future in Asia: The APEC Opportunity” (3/1/2016) - Transcript of Kevin Rudd’s Remarks ASPI Report Release Event Embassy of India, Washington, D.C. March 1, 2016 Thank you for your hospitality and for having us here at this wonderful house of India in Washington, D.C. As a friend of the United States’ and as a friend of India’s, it’s nice to be here and […]
  • Reflections on the apology: Kevin Rudd in conversation with Stan Grant (2/20/2016) - Eight years ago this week Kevin Rudd spoke to and for the Australian people about what he termed “this blemished chapter in our national history”. It was his first act as prime minister – opening federal parliament with the word Aboriginal and Islander people and a legion of non-Indigenous Australians had longed to hear: sorry. […]
  • Australia, Reconciliation and Race (2/12/2016) - SYDNEY – National Apology Breakfast 12 February 2016 I honour the first Australians on whose land we meet and whose cultures we celebrate as the oldest continuing cultures in human history. I honour the “stolen generations” whose lives have been forever-wounded by the inhumanity, indifference and insensitivity of generations of white Australians. And I honour […]