Kevin Rudd accepts part-time, unpaid United Nations job on global sustainability panel

Story by theaustralian.com.au

DUMPED prime minister Kevin Rudd has accepted a role on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's high-level panel on global sustainability.

Mr Rudd's part-time role will be unpaid.

Labor dumped Mr Rudd as its leader in June, replacing him with Julia Gillard, who has said that if she wins the August 21 election her predecessor will have a senior role in her government.

The UN panel is to be co-chaired by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Mr Rudd released a statement this morning confirming his appointment to the panel, which will operate until the end of 2011, prior to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

“Mr Rudd has a strong commitment to building on the international agreements on climate change, having been an active participant in the Bali and Copenhagen meetings of the conference of the parties on climate change,” the statement said.

“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 work would not compromise Mr Rudd's role as an MP, presuming he was re-elected later this month in his safe Brisbane seat of Griffith.

It said the panel was set to meet for the first time in about a month.