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Mary Robinson

President of Ireland (1990-1997) & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice

Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She now leads a foundation devoted to climate justice. Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice, and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She was…

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Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She now leads a foundation devoted to climate justice.

Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice, and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She was the president of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002, and is now a member of The Elders and the Club of Madrid. She is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. In 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, and between March 2013 and August 2014 she served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

A former president of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, Robinson was founder and president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, from 2002 to 2010. Robinson’s memoir, Everybody Matters, was published in 2012.

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Why Climate Change Is a Threat to Human Rights
Climate Justice: Why Climate Change is a Threat to Human Rights
Expanding upon the TED Talk that received a standing ovation and more than a million views, Mary Robinson makes the case that climate change is the greatest challenge to humanity and justice in our world today. This thought-provoking keynote puts a human face on scientific predictions through the dramatic stories of people around the world. From the sinking Central Pacific island nation of Kiribati to the overwhelming effects of prolonged drought in Uganda, President Robinson provides a moving overview of the state of our planet and climate justice. Placing audiences at the center of an historic turning point for humanity, she calls for bold action to sustain our planet for future generations.

Women’s Leadership & Climate Change
According to Mary Robinson, “The injustice of climate change is that those who are most vulnerable in society, no matter what the level of development of the country in question, will suffer most. This means that people who are marginalized or poor, women, indigenous communities, slum dwellers and migrants will be disproportionately affected by climate impacts.” In this passionate keynote, Mary Robinson views the catastrophic threat of climate change through its unequal impact on the world’s women. Noting that societal and cultural roles in many parts of the developing world place a greater burden on women as providers of food, water and fuel, Robinson calls for gender-sensitive climate policies that address the reality of women’s needs. She also champions the strengthening of women’s leadership roles and increased participation and involvement in climate decision-making at all levels.

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