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Ex-Australia PM Rudd joins UN sustainability panel

France
AFP
09/08/2010

Ex-Australian leader Kevin Rudd said Tuesday he had joined a high-level United Nations panel on global sustainability, after a truncated rule marked by vain attempts to force through carbon trading laws.

Rudd, who was replaced by his deputy Julia Gillard in June and is now campaigning for the August 21 election, said the unpaid job involved only three meetings before the panel makes its report at the end of next year.

"This appointment is entirely consistent with Mr Rudd's work as a member of parliament should he be re-elected at the coming election," a statement said.

Rudd called climate change "the great moral challenge of our generation" as he ousted conservative prime minister John Howard in a 2007 election and quickly signed the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

But he was criticised for shelving his flagship emissions trading scheme after it twice failed in parliament.

Rudd also lost favour with voters by backing a so-called "Big Australia" after official projections showed the sparsely inhabited country's population was set to rise more than 50 percent by 2050.

Climate change as well as Rudd's controversial dismissal have emerged as key issues in the election campaign, in which Gillard has stressed her support for a "sustainable" Australian population.

Australia's first woman prime minister has promised Rudd a ministerial post if she wins a close election race with opposition leader Tony Abbott.

The panel, which was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and also includes South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Finland's President Tarja Halonen, will put together a "new vision" on sustainable growth.

"This includes matters such as climate change, developing a low-carbon economy and poverty eradication and development in a carbon-constrained world," the statement said.

The panel will make its report before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

 

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