Multimedia: Speeches and Documents


2010

Working Paper on Advancing National Action Plans, Regional Action Plans,
and Twinning on Women, Peace and Security

Working Paper on Advancing National Action Plans, Regional Action Plans,<br />and Twinning on Women, Peace and Security


Sep. 2010
The Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) advises the High-Level Steering Committee of the heads of UN agencies and entities on ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach to implementing UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace, and security within the UN system. CSAG???s co-chairs are Mary Robinson and Bineta Diop.

Commitments for action to advance UNSCR 1325

Commitments for action to advance UNSCR 1325


September 2010
The Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN on Women, Peace and Security (CSAG) urges each member state, be it conflict-affected, a traditional donor, or other, to adopt new, time-bound, concrete actions for advancing implementation of UNSCR 1325. The following aresuggestions of the types of commitments that can be made to mark the resolution???s tenth anniversary this October.

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence against Women Displaced by Conflict

Working Paper on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence against Women Displaced by Conflict


July 2010
Working Paper by Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG)
In March 2010, the United Nations established the Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) to advise the Secretary-General and the High-Level Steering Committee of UN agencies and entities on ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach to protecting women's rights during armed conflict and ensuring their full participation in all conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction processes.

Interview with Mary Robinson

Interview with Mary Robinson


March 2010
The interview was conducted in Geneva on 13 January 2010 by Toni Pfanner, Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, and Deborah Casalin, Assistant Editor and published in March 2010 in Volume 92 Number 877 of the International Review of the Red Cross.

2009

Smaller-and-Smaller Slivers of a Shrinking Pie

Policy Brief: Global Economic Crisis and the Informal Economy

June 2009
Policy Brief: Global Economic Crisis and the Informal Economy
Co-produced with India???s Self-Employed Women???s Association (SEWA) and the global WIEGO network, this policy brief highlights how the informal economy is too often wrongly assumed to be a cushion for formal workers who lose their jobs. The fact is that as more workers crowd into the informal economy, the net result is a growing number of firms and individuals competing for smaller pieces of the informal ???pie???.

2008

Human Rights: A Global Perspective

Mary Robinson, UN Global Compact US Network Meeting - April 2008

April 28th, 2008
UN Global Compact U.S. Network Meeting
In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Global Compact US Network convened its first working symposium of 2008 on 28 April 2008 at the Harvard Business School in Boston. The event drew approximately 100 corporate executives, civil society representatives, academics and other human rights experts. A keynote speech was delivered by Mary Robinson.

Health is a Human Right

Mary Robinson, University of Alberta, April 2008

April 2nd, 2008
10th University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights
The tenth annual University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights was delivered by Mary Robinson, on April 2nd, 2008. The Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights was inaugurated in 1998 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to provide a means to further learn about and discuss human rights issues.

Speeches: 2005

Harnessing Energies to Make Children's Rights a Reality

Harnessing Energies to Make Children's Rights a Reality


March 20th - 23rd 2005
4th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights
In Cape Town, South Africa, approximately 700 judges, lawyers and other professionals gathered at the 4th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights. It marked the 15th anniversary of the most widely ratified human rights convention of all time, the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). Mary Robinson delivered the first Peter Nygh memorial lecture titled "Harnessing Energies to Make Children's Rights a Reality". She said: "As well as urging the United States to ratify, our message to governments must be clear and unambiguous: Keep the commitments you have made to children".

Advancing the Human Development Agenda - A Shared Responsibility

Third Forum on Human Development


January 17-19 2005
Third Forum on Human Development
Since the founding of the Human Development Reports in 1990, the Human Development Approach to development has stimulated a great deal of policy debate and research on the processes of economic growth, poverty reduction, and the promotion of human rights. That growing prominence of human development within the greater field of development inspired the launch of a regular global event that would bring together the latest research work in this area, and further stimulate research and policy thinking on human development.

Speeches: 2004

Renewing the Commitment to the Rule of Law and Human Rights

Dankwart A. Rustow Memorial Lecture 2004


September 21, 2004
Dankwart A. Rustow Memorial Lecture
While delivering the Dankwart A. Rustow Memorial Lecture on ???Renewing the Commitment to the Rule of Law and Human Rights: The Way Forward,??? - organized by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Department of Political Science - Mary Robinson noted that the key to change lies in empowering people to secure their own lives. For this people need the means to try to hold their governments accountable, at local and national levels. The underlying causes of practically all human insecurity, she said, are an absence of capacity to influence change at personal or community level, exclusion from voting or participating in any way in local and national decision making, and economic or social marginalization.

Connecting Human Rights, Human Development and Human Security

Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism


September 10, 2004
Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism - Inaugural Conference
Since 2001, the "war on terror" has led to a disconnection between human rights and security concerns and the project to build a system of global justice has been derailed. This conference aimed to understand and redefine the place of human rights in the present international political order, and to identify the ways in which human rights and security imperatives can be reconciled.

Political Science and Human Rights: Tackling Global Inequalities

Political Science and Human Rights: Tackling Global Inequalities


September 4, 2004
American Political Science Association - 100th Annual Meeting
The 100th Annual Meeting, held in Chicago on September 2-5, 2004, marked one hundred years of scholarly exchange at an American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. The theme for the 2004 meeting was "Global Inequalities". In a plenary address on globallization and human rights, Mary Robinson welcomed this subject for the association's centenary meeting as a signal of an acute awareness of 'the greatest problem of this new century'. "These inequalities", she noted "are a terrible indictment of our collective humanity. [They] should haunt us, should shame us, because for the first time in human history we have the capacity and the resources to eliminate them. What we lack is the political will."

What Can Religions Bring to a Globalized World?

What Can Religions Bring to a Globalized World?

August 20, 2004
Joint CMSM - LCWR Assembly
???Governments in different regions of the world are failing to provide even the rudiments of human security,??? warned Mary Robinson in her keynote address to the leaders of Catholic religious orders in the United States. The leaders are members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), who met August 19-22, 2004 in Fort Worth, Texas under the theme: ???No Longer Bystanders: Creating Peace in Violent Times.??? Focusing on human ???security??? rather than human ???rights,??? Mary Robinson said most of the world ??? post 9/11 ??? is preoccupied with insecurity and the war on terrorism. ???But the stark reality,??? she said, ???is that the terrible attacks of 9/11 had no discernable impact on the millions of peoples already at daily risk from violence, disease and abject poverty.???

Public Sociologies and Human Rights: Finding Common Ground

Public Sociologies and Human Rights: Finding Common Ground


August 14, 2004
American Sociological Association 2004 Annual Meeting
As a mirror and conscience of society, sociology defines, promotes and informs public debate about class and racial inequalities, new gender regimes, environmental degradation, multiculturalism, technological revolutions, market fundamentalism, and state and non-state violence. The ASA 2004 Annual Meeting was an occasion for lively debate on these issues and for sharing new ideas for theorizing and research. Mary Robinson deliverd a public address at the meeting, noting strong parallels between current debates in the sociology and human rights communities.

Can Globalization Work for the World's Poor?

Can Globalization Work for the World's Poor?

March 24, 2004
Address to the Fifth CIVICUS World Assembly
The Fifth World Assembly of the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) ??? an international grouping of civil society organizations, ranging from human rights advocacy bodies to community-based service delivery entities ??? was held in Gaborone, Botswana, on 21???25 March. This is a biennial event that seeks to create space for a diverse set of voices to be heard and experiences to be exchanged. Over 700 participants from 100 countries participated in the meeting, which was opened by President Festus Mogae of Botswana.

The Journey to Peace: Finding Ourselves in the Other

The Journey to Peace: Finding Ourselves in the Other

March 17, 2004
Sadat Lecture for Peace, University of Maryland
The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development was established at the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall of 1997 in memory of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace is held annually on the campus of the University of Maryland. Mary Robinson was invited by Anwar Sadat's widow, Dr. Jehan Sadat, and the University of Maryland to deliver the 2004 Sadat Lecture for Peace.

Breaking the Barriers - Partnership to fight HIV&AIDS

Breaking the Barriers - Partnership to fight HIV&AIDS

February 24, 2004
Breaking the Barriers: Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia
Against the background of the global emergency of the HIV&AIDS epidemic with 40 million people worldwide living with HIV&AIDS, 90 per cent in developing countries and 75 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa, representatives of States and Governments from Europe and CentralAsia, together with invited observers, met in Dublin, Ireland, from 23 to 24 February 2004, for the Conference ???Breaking the Barriers ??? Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and CentralAsia???

Neglected Diseases and Neglected Communities

Neglected Diseases and Neglected Communities - A Human Rights Perspective

February 6-7, 2004
MSF Neglected Diseases Group (NDG) Meeting
Mary Robinson delivered the closing address at the M?decins Sans Fronti?res Neglected Diseases Group (NDG) Meeting in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. The meeting was held as part of the M?decins Sans Fronti?res (MSF) Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines. Mary Robinson's address was entitled "Neglected Diseases and Neglected Communities: a Human Rights Perspective".

2003 Speeches and Documents

2002 Speeches and Documents