Action Update: December 2010

Planned End - New Beginnings

Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

Realizing Rights: Final Action Update

Dear Colleague,

The final months of our work at Realizing Rights produced a number of important results which are presented in this, our final Action Update.

A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy profiled our work and the approach we took over these past eight years.

Last week in New York, our partners and supporters gathered with us to celebrate the culmination of our joint endeavors and look ahead to the opportunities for new beginnings. It was an evening that allowed all of us at Realizing Rights to express gratitude to partners and supporters worldwide for making our work possible and for being part of making human rights a reality for people everywhere.

Video clips from the event are now available and we hope you will take the opportunity to watch and listen to the range of important voices that came together to discuss why human rights matter now more than ever.

On behalf of all my colleagues, thank you for being part of Realizing Rights.

- Mary Robinson
President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

Fostering Equitable Trade and Decent Work

Promoting the Decent Work agenda and greater job opportunities for the most disadvantaged was the raison d'?tre of our partnerships with a range of organizations. Our partners will continue to carry out this important work in the years to come.

Partners continuing this important work:
Influencing the direction of Corporate Responsibility
Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson Speaker Series
Rockefeller University was the venue on 26 October for inaugural event in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's Mary Robinson Speaker Series. John Ruggie, UN Special Rep. on Business & Human Rights was joined by Lucas Benitez, Co-Director of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Alexandra Gu?queta, head of human rights at Cerrej?n Coal in praising Mary Robinson's work.

Partners continuing this important work:
Realizing the Right to Health
Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health
The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health is a group of sixteen sitting and former heads of state, high-level policymakers and other leaders committed to advancing reproductive health for lasting development and prosperity. Chaired by Mary Robinson, these leaders will mobilize the political will and financial resources necessary to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015 - a key target of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Partners continuing this important work:
Strengthening Women's Leadership

The Realizing Rights Women's Leadership program has engaged in a range of activities during 2010 which culminated in events surrounding the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security during September and October.

On 25 September UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon co-convened the 'Ministerial Meeting on Security Council Resolution 1325: A Call to Action.' The meeting introduced the idea of UN Member States committing to new, time-bound and measurable actions to implement UNSCR 1325, and generated significant momentum towards implementing the women, peace and security agenda articulated in Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889.

Partners continuing this important work:
Working for Climate Justice
Climate Wise Women
Official COP16 Side-Event co-convened by Realizing Rights
Realizing Rights co-organized an official side-event at the UNFCCC Climate Change summit in Cancun entitled "Women's Leadership on Climate Change Justice and the Grassroots Perspective". At the event, Mary Robinson released a Statement on Women's Leadership on Climate Justice.

Partners continuing this important work: