President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
One of the world’s most respected advocates for human rights and Ireland’s first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the mission of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are threatened by climate change. A sought-after speaker on the impact of climate change on future generations and the disproportionate burden it places on women in developing countries, President Robinson has moved audiences around the world with her passionate call for all nations to work together to change the future of our planet. Read More >
One Young World Summit 2014
TEDTalk: Why Climate Change Is a Threat to Human Rights
Hunger - Nutrition - Climate Justice Conference
Princeton-Fung Global Forum
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.
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.
"It was FABULOUS! Thank you so much, so much for suggesting her and helping us bring her here. What a thoughtful, deep, remarkable, unassuming woman!! The students, faculty, and community were mesmerized, inspired, called to action by her presence and her remarks. I simply cannot thank you enough for suggesting her and negotiating the visit for us. Regarding setting the bar high, we truly fell in love with Mary and don’t ever want to feel we’re 'topping' her!"
"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."
"Mary Robinson gave a remarkable presentation last evening in the Boe Forum on Public Affairs. Several commented on the depth and practicality of her solutions to world hunger and poverty—and of her own, personal commitment to changing what can be changed in the world. We very much appreciate her willingness to appear at the student news conference in the afternoon and to take several questions in the Q&A after the lecture. Bottom line: Mary Robinson was the best possible speaker on the topic of World Hunger and Poverty."
"Everyone gave her a standing ovation several times during the evening – the talk was so captivating and moving. It was a beautiful evening. She was most gracious and enthralled the audience with her lecture, in depth of knowledge and experience, human compassion, elegance, and humor. Everyone said it was a night to remember. On this one evening alone, she inspired hundreds of young women students at our university to become leaders in their communities. She is such a great role model for women and men."
"President Robinson was a wonderful speaker but also a very gracious woman. Our students were very impressed with her interest in their views. She was very available to everyone on campus. I again want to thank you for all of your help. It was an easy event because of your organizational skills and prompt responses to any queries I had."
"As for the event itself, it went absolutely smoothly and wonderfully. We were fully booked out three days after announcing the lecture and there was lots of excitement about the occasion. Mary was incredible. She is a quiet, assured and unassuming person who manages to provide something for everyone. She ranged from providing a summary of the international legal environment for human rights, to personal stories, to a bit of Irish humor. She also handled all the questions superbly - and we did have some excellent questions. Ended up with 45 minutes of talk and 45 minutes for Q & A. She comes across as a person with absolute integrity and strength."
"Mary was so considerate and her remarks were well received by our audience and the evaluation sheets showed the panel to have been rated extremely high. Once again, thank you, and thank Mary for all that she does around the world. Please keep up the good work and one day we might have the kind of world we would all wish to live in."
"The conference went off really well. We received plenty of excellent feedback from the delegates, and things went remarkably smoothly. I want to let you know that Mary Robinson was a fantastic speakers. We could not have made a better choice. She gave an intelligent and lively speech, attended a number of our conference activities, and really participated in the life of the conference. She is a really down-to-earth person and a pleasure to have around."
"Mary Robinson was terrific especially considering the topic, “Human Right and the War on Terrorism.” She spoke to a crowd of about 900. The students were very attentive and asked good questions. President Robinson commented on the questions after her speech. We were very fortunate to have her on our campus. She is a kind, thoughtful woman who possess great idealism. This idealism was very refreshing and uplifting considering what she has done, what she has seen and what she still hopes to accomplish. Thank you for making it possible to have her here. I only hope we can find someone next year that can come close to her presentation."