Brisbane Times

TONY MOORE
August 10, 2010 - 1:09PM
Kevin Rudd and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting in New York in September last year.

Kevin Rudd and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting in New York in September last year.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has been appointed to an unpaid part-time position on a "high-level" United Nations panel tackling global sustainability issues.

Mr Rudd last month confirmed he had been approached by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to become involved with the United Nations project.

The appointment would require Mr Rudd to attend three meetings over the next 18 months.

Mr Ban said the 21-member High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability would be co-chaired by Finland’s President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma.

It comprises current and former world leaders, top diplomats and national ministers.

Mr Ban said the panel would look at ways to combat global poverty through economic growth without contributing to global warming and harming the environment.

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