Climate change is a story about desperation and hope. It can kill us or it can save us... However, there are reasons to be optimistic... Because, in fact, we have the know-how, the tools, the technology and the economy to mitigate climate change and ensure climate justice.
- Mary Robinson
21 September 2010
Women Can Lead the Way in Tackling Development and Climate Challenges Together
Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai highlight in The Huffington Post the importance of women???s leadership in achieving the MDGs and in fighting climate change.
15 September 2010
Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
As Realizing Rights approaches its planned end in December of this year, Mary Robinson is planning her return to live and work in Ireland in 2011. She has established the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) to help ensure that human rights are at the heart of the climate change agenda.
Author: Mia MacDonald
Despite what is at stake, few national governments or multi-lateral institutions have fully embraced the links between climate change and the MDGs. By contrast, many civil society groups and community-based organizations (CBOs) across the world have brought attention to the threats climate change poses to realization of the MDGs, and advocated for concerted action. Still, policy priorities and funding for development and climate change adaptation and mitigation have not yet been allied in fundamental ways; in too many contexts, climate change is still a footnote to MDG implementation.
Mary Robinson and Alice M. Miller outline how a human rights framework should be an essential tool in designing strategies, programmes and institutions to help nations mitigate and adapt to climate change.
They focus on institutional issues including the role played by the World Bank and highlight reforms needed.
Finally they call for building stronger bridges between human rights and development, and between those working on social justice and environmental justice.
Video Broadcasts and Clips
January 25th 2010
Following on from the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, a multistakeholder event co-sponsored by Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, the United Nations Non Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), and the Dag Hammarskjцld Foundation, was held on Monday 25 January at UN Headquarters in New York: COP15 and Climate Justice: Collapse, Greenwash or new impetus for the future?
On December 15th 2009 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Mary Robinson and other leaders from the public, academic and NGO sectors led a discussion on emerging institutions and processes for applying equity and human rights to guide the long term vision and decision-making on mitigation, adaptation, REDD, carbon markets and technology transfer.