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Mary Robinson


Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building, human dignity and climate justice.

Mary Robinson is a globally recognised voice on climate change and frequently highlights the need for drastic action from world leaders, as well as the intersectionality of the climate emergency: from intergenerational injustice to gender inequality and biodiversity loss.

  • Chair of The Elders, 2018 –
  • President of Ireland, 1990-1997
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002
  • Chancellor of the University of Dublin, 1998-2019
  • UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, 2014-2015
  • UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate, 2016
  • Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin, 2019 –


Part of the wisdom of the Elders is to remind the world that we actually have universal values that are accepted by every government in the world and yet they are not being implemented.

~ Mary Robinson




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