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Mary Robinson

 Former President of Ireland, United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights

Mary Robinson was President of Ireland and the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate and is a world leader who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics. She now chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is President of Realising Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She has been named a “Hero and Icon” as one of Time magazine’s 2005 top 100 men and women whose “power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. In 2006, she received Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences prize for her work as a global human rights campaigner, singled out for her “moral strength, her defense of “ethics in the field of politics and academic research,” and her “tireless efforts to bring about a world without borders.”

Broadening her international scope, Mary Robinson expands her leadership into other areas including business enterprise, corporate citizenship, and the broad reform of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. She serves as Vice President of Club of Madrid, working to promote democracy worldwide. In business, she is one of five prestigious board members of the Mastercard Foundation, a newly established independent foundation focusing on microfinance, youth entrepreneurship and education.

She was recently appointed to the UN Global Compact Board, a group of 20 global business and social leaders working to advance ten universal business principles in the areas of human rights, the environment and anti-corruption for this large voluntary corporate citizenship initiative.

Mary Robinson recently became a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems with the goal of making the world a better place. This group of luminaries was founded by Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society and is Honorary President of Oxfam International. She also serves on many boards including the Vaccine Fund, the Global Commission on Migration, the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, and the International Commission of Jurists.

"Feel empowered. And if you start to do it, if you start to feel your voice heard, you will never go back." Mary Robinson

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Women’s Leadership & Climate Change

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 centre of an historic turning point for humanity, she calls for bold action to sustain our planet for future generations.

Climate Justice: Why Climate Change is a Threat to Human Rights

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 marginalised 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.

Ethics, Human Rights and Globalisation

Thank you for your insightful presentation for the World Affairs Council of Seattle. It was truly a pleasure to host President Robinson. Her presentation on Ethics, Human Rights, and Globalization: Implementing a Common Agenda, was extremely timely and helped to provide a stimulating discussion, both during and after the event. People came away from the event informed on the importance of implementing an ethical agenda for globalization and inspired by your example to make a difference. We sincerely appreciate her contribution to our mission of promoting dialogue and debate about international issues among our members and non-members alike. For our democracy it is healthy and crucial for the public to have access to policymakers, academics, authors and other experts. I hope we will have an opportunity to work together again.

On behalf of the Seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values team, we thank you for sharing your work, knowledge and love with Monterrey City as
well as with the world by livestream (102,552 entries from 89 countries). We are sure your message has been encouraging for thousands of people in their path to internal growth and in taking action to achieve a change in humanity and human rights justice. It has been an honor to meet you and have you as keynote speaker at the Seventh edition of this event.

Council for Human Values of the State of Nuevo Leon

Thank you for making your engagement an event for our campus and community to remember for a long time. You were an awesome guest, and very generous with your time. I know that everyone you came into contact with marveled at your warm and engaging personality. It is as if you are a longtime family friend, easy to talk to and great to be around. Because you are so disarming and unassuming, I had to keep reminding myself that you are a world leader! You are an inspiration, and your remarks made quite an impression on all—especially on our young people. You manage to present our human problems in simple terms, and make pursuit of solutions a no-nonsense endeavor. You are a wonderful example of how simply being brave and resolute can lead to positive change.

SUNY Buffalo

Everything was just fantastic when Mary Robinson was here; what a delightful, bright woman. She was just wonderful and very relaxed and very engaging. She had the audience eating out of her hand. Everything worked out extremely well.

Assumption College

I would like to thank President Robinson for her part in making Women as Global Leaders a success. Her remarks reflected her commitment to the promotion of women's leadership. Her attendance at a number of conference-related activities was noted and welcomed. She is an inspiring public figure and fit perfectly with our conference theme. We really appreciate the effort and time that she spent in her participation in the conference.

Zayed University, Dubai


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