Leaders on Asia Address | The Hon Kevin RuddVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Former Prime Minster of Australia joins us in Sydney
Asia Society Australia, supported by EY, is pleased to host Former Prime Minister and now President of Asia Society Policy Institute, The Hon Kevin Rudd in Sydney for a special Leaders on Asia address.
In an increasingly multi-polar Asia Pacific region, it has never been more crucial to understand China and the domestic drivers that underpin its emerging worldview.
Recognised as one of the leading global thinkers on foreign policy, Mr Rudd’s address will examine the trajectory of Chinese society, politics, economy and foreign policy under President Xi Jinping followed by an in-conversation interview and audience Q&A.
Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Venue: EY, 200 George Street, Sydney
This event is open to members of Asia Society Australia, GEN A and invited guests only. Registration is essential, space is limited. For more information please contact email@example.com.
About the speaker:
Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed by the IMF as the most effective stimulus strategy of all member states. Australia was the only major developed economy not to go into recession. Mr. Rudd helped found the G20 to drive the global response to the crisis, and which in 2009 helped prevent the crisis from spiraling into depression.
As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Rudd was active in global and regional foreign policy leadership. He was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit to include both the U.S. and Russia in 2010, and initiated the concept of transforming the EAS into a wider Asia Pacific Community. On climate change, Mr. Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 and legislated in 2008 for a 20 percent mandatory renewable energy target for Australia. He represented Australia at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit which produced the Copenhagen Accord, for the first time committing states to not allow temperature increases beyond two degrees. He was appointed a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and is a co-author of the report Resilient People, Resilient Planet for the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. Mr. Rudd drove Australia’s successful bid for its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2012-2014. His government also saw the near doubling of Australia’s foreign aid budget to approximately $5 billion, making Australia then one of the top ten aid donors in the world. He also appointed Australia’s first ever Ambassador for Women and Girls to support the critical role of women in development and reduce physical and sexual violence against women. More >>
Our Leaders on Asia program presents high-profile events with visiting heads of state, ministers, senior officials, dignitaries and leading thinkers from the Indo-Pacific region and Australia. It provides members with a unique direct access to leaders who shape the present and future of our region.
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