Resilient People Resilient Planet – the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

The UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon established the 22-member High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity. On 30 January 2012, the GSP released its report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”. The Panel’s vision is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and make growth inclusive, and production …

Pacific and East Timor workers helping Australian farmers and tourism industry

Australian farmers will be able to employ workers from the Pacific Region and East Timor under a permanent Seasonal Worker Program announced by Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, and Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, today. The $21.7 million Seasonal Worker Program will begin on 1 July 2012 …

Media event with HE Ms Emilia Pires, East Timorese Finance Minister

MINISTER RUDD: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, thank you for your attendance here today. I welcome in particular my friend and colleague, the Finance Minister of Timor-Leste and the extraordinary work which Minister Pires has done, more broadly on the question of this new deal for engagement in fragile states. This is an important outcome from this meeting in …

Speech at CEO Challenge, White Ribbon Dinner

I begin by acknowledging the first Australians on whose land we meet and whose cultures we celebrate as among the oldest continuing cultures in human history. As a Queenslander, it’s a great pleasure to be here tonight in this wonderful setting to mark White Ribbon Day and to celebrate Australia’s CEO Challenge for this year. A Queensland original, the CEO …

A week to go in the Horn of Africa’s Dollar for Dollar Appeal

In two months, the Australian public has contributed over $6 million, and brought the Horn of Africa appeal to more than $12 million, in a nation-wide effort to help people starving in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The Australian Government’s Dollar for Dollar initiative matches every donation to participating Australian non-government aid agencies til the end of November — making …

Stopping violence against women

We’re here to talk about a very ugly subject: violence. And where that fits in the overall challenge of equity for women. And where that fits in the overall challenge of women in development, and raising the economic stakes and the economic opportunities for women across the world. There is nothing remotely excusable about violence against women anywhere, at any …

New Indigenous learning centre opens in New South Wales

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today helped open the Wiradjuri Study Centre in Condobolin, which aims to boost employment prospects for the local Indigenous community in fields such as mining, construction, transport, and general administration. Owned and managed by the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation, the Indigenous Study Centre was built using local materials and local Indigenous labour, and will apply culturally-appropriate teaching …

Australia appoints Global Ambassador for Women and Girls

Australia will be at the forefront of global efforts to promote the role of women and girls with the creation of an Ambassador to advocate on their behalf. The Gillard Government today announced career diplomat Penny Williams will be Australia’s first Global Ambassador for Women and Girls. The Prime Minister said that in the role, Ms Williams will ensure the …

Women must be central to global aid efforts

A crisis of truly biblical proportions now faces the international community in the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people — over half the population of Australia — are in need of urgent help because of famine and drought. In July, I visited Somalia and saw first-hand this looming catastrophe. It was clear to me that if the international …

An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference – delivering real results

Australia’s global and regional engagement is broad. We are alert to challenges to our security — state based, or in other forms such as terrorism. We are alert to the challenges to our economy — through the instability of the global financial system, the increasing interconnectedness of global trade and investment. We are deeply engaged in responding to threats to …