Australia’s Prime Minister spoke to a crowd of over five hundred people at Carnegie Mellon University late Thursday afternoon.
Two hours before the Prime Minister delivered his speech at least a hundred people waited to be seated. First in line was Jordan Rosenfeldt, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University who had never seen a sitting head of state speak and thought it'd be an interesting enriching experience.
This is Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s first visit to Pittsburgh, who is here for the G20 Summit. He called Pittsburgh’s economic reinvention a model the world can learn from.
He said the people of Pittsburgh have demonstrated themselves to be resilient, adaptable and creative and is in many respects a living essay for the capacity of America as a nation to constantly reinvent itself.
He spoke of the need to reform finance institutions, the economic impact of climate change and the need to create global policies that will reduce greenhouse gases. He said he will urge his fellow world leaders to do so during the next two days.