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“The Link Between Climate Change and Human Rights” - Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Nov 10, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM

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Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Founder, The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, champion of human rights and founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, will present a public lecture titled, “The Link Between Climate Change and Human Rights,” at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School. Robinson is visiting the Wilson School as part of the 2014 Dean’s Innovation Science, Technology and Environmental Policy initiative. A book sale and signing of her book titled “Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice,” will follow the discussion. THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT.

Robinson, who was recently named by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change, served as the first woman president of Ireland from 1990-1997 and United Nations high commissioner for human rights from 1997-2002. She is now the president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and a member of the Elders, a group of world leaders (founded by Nelson Mandela, a group that contributes 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), and the Club of Madrid, which works to promote democracy worldwide.

A former president of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she was president and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as honorary president of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.

Robinson is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President Barack Obama. She is a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. In March 2013, Robinson was appointed the U.N. Secretary General’s special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

She recently released a memoir in 2012 titled “Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice,” which chronicles her career starting as a young lawyer in Ireland crusading for the rights of women and encompass her remarkable experiences ever since.

*Tickets will be available to Princeton University students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office on Wednesday, November 5. Distribution will continue while supplies last on Thursday, November 6 beginning at 12 noon through Friday, November 7.