Video Broadcasts and Clips
23 September, 2010
In the week of the UN MDG Summit in New York City, Mary Robinson discusses with The Economist why the Millennium Development Goals are not being met, and why they are still worth pursuing.
Mary Robinson shared a dream with Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA, to bring a group of women leaders to Zimbabwe to show solidarity with women there working to foster democracy and human rights.
After connecting with African women who shared that same dream, they led a mission to Zimbabwe in April 2010. This video reflects on what turned out to be a historic visit.
This video provides a glimpse into the lives of street vendors in Liberia and how Realizing Rights and our partners seek to promote the right to decent work for all. Realizing Rights staff interviewed informal traders about their progress in getting organized and improving their situation and Realizing Rights President, Mary Robinson, visited the leaders within the petit traders union.
June 15, 2010
Despite the commitments made by governments, many countries are still not on track to achieve their MDG targets by 2015. Shortcomings are due to a range of factors. The MDG framework largely ignores ongoing discrimination and social exclusion. Equally important, the MDGs do not place on states obligations to develop national action plans, to be held accountable for achieving results, or to consult with people on priorities.
June 14, 2010
As part of of a video series 'Voices from the Elders', Mary Robinson discusses how civil society is under threat in many countries. "Governments are trying to stop funding from the outside. So an 'Every Human has Rights' campaign is always needed in our world, but in particular now, in relation to the Development Summit and the MDGs. We need to ensure that the voices of civil society are heard."
April 27th 2010
Heather Grady, Managing Director of Realizing Rights, spoke on the panel "Just Jobs: Building Institutions for Development" at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on April 23rd. She stressed that strengthening opportunities for decent work ??? which CAP and others call the ???just jobs and social protection??? agenda ??? is an essential but often overlooked target within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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.
A high-level dialogue on Climate Justice was held at the University of Pretoria on Saturday 28 February 2009. The event was led by three key leaders from southern (Desmond Tutu), northern (Mary Robinson), and international (Kofi Annan) backgrounds. It aimed to lend new impetus to an awareness of climate change and to establish a set of guiding global principles for a just response.
Mary Robinson discusses the recent report of the International Commission of Jurists, which finds the 'war on terror' has eroded human rights worldwide. Robinson also addresses the Middle East conflict, her role with the 'The Elders', the possible need for an independent investigation of the Bush administration and the under-reported humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A special panel set up by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a Geneva-based group of lawyers and judges, has published a study warning that measures introduced to fight terrorism - such as torture and secret detention - has undermined international law.
The ICJ panel, which includes Mary Robinson and legal experts from South Africa, Switzerland and the United States ??? held 16 hearings covering more than 40 countries over three years to study counterterrorism mesaures adopted since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
On December 2nd 2008, The Carnegie Council's Workshops for Ethics in Business analyzed the right to health, an element often overlooked in the study of human rights. The international community has begun to consider the "highest attainable standard of health" as a fundamental component of the human rights agenda alongside related issues of poverty and adequate access to water and sanitation. Lisa Oldring, Special Advisor at Realizing Rights, participated in the discussion.
Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) set forth the basic rights of every human being. Members of The Elders discuss the importance of this document on the sixtieth anniversary of its drafting. "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains the single most important reference point for discussion of ethical values across national, ideological and cultural divides". - Mary Robinson
The Business and Human Rights International Seminar took place from 4-5 December 2008, in Paris, France to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The location was chosen to mark the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the UDHR in Paris on 10 December 1948. The Seminar was chaired by Mary Robinson. Mrs. Robinson was interviewed by France24 about the relevance of the Universal Declaration sixty years on.
Bloomberg Television's 'Night Talk' aims to provide viewers with access to some of the leading thinkers in business, politics, arts and sciences and more. Aired this week, Mike Schneider interviewed Mary Robinson, who discussed the importance of Human Rights in today's world and how we can all play our part to ensure that Human Rights can be realized for all.
The report Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World is the first comprehensive and authoritative report which provides an overview of the complexity and policy relevance of the global environmental challenges of climate change and employment. On September 30, Heather Grady helped present the report at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York.
This short film from Madmundo accompanies Mary Robinson to Liberia on her field visit of a concrete decent work program put in place by the ILO to create jobs in order to revive the national economy and increase local living standards. Mary Robinson found an opportunity to measure the extent of the impact of these programs on the local population.
For the Global Call to Action Against Poverty's 'In My Name' campaign, Mary Robinson gives insight into some of the work currently being undertaken by Realizing Rights to advocate for the rights of women and to encourage women leaders to speak for the unheard voices of women in conflict.
"Decent work for all must be seen as central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals" said Mary Robinson at UN Headquarters in New York in September, opening a conference on ???Working Out of Poverty: A Decent Work Approach to Development and the Millennium Development Goals???. ???Poor workers don???t have a system, they don???t have access to justice, they don???t have the supports that are needed.???
500 invitees from 112 different countries and representing 15 different disciplines, gathered in Vienna, Austria from July 2-5 for the World Justice Forum. The forum's aim was to reach beyond the legal profession - by bringing together representatives of various professional disciplines from around the world - to seek consensus on how to advance the rule of law as the foundation for societies of equity and opportunity. Mary Robinson delivered the keynote address.
More than a thousand delegates representing groups and organisations from over 150 countries came together for the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland in June 2008. Mary Robinson was among the international speakers at the event where civil society, donors, government, business and media - traditionally unconnected sectors - convene to act collaboratively towards the strengthening of civic space. In this video interview, Mary Robinson addresses the issues of inequities in global trade and the causes of the current food crisis.
Internews has produced a public service announcement (PSA) on media freedom on behalf of The Elders group and their human rights awareness campaign, Every Human Has Rights. The PSA features Mary Robinson, who, along with Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and others, forms The Elders, a group of leaders dedicated to using their wisdom, independent leadership and experience to tackle some of the world???s toughest problems. "Think of a world where everybody???s afraid to speak out," says Robinson in the PSA. "Then think of a world where no one is afraid to speak up."
Ethical employment practices and safeguarding workers??? rights in a global economy were the focus of discussion on April 29th 2008 at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Mary Robinson offered several ideas for improving working conditions in the global economy ??? including developing legally binding, international agreements and educating consumers about the role marketplace choices can play in undermining or supporting the livelihoods of those far across the globe. And she said regulation also has a part to play.
The Women, Faith, and Development Alliance (WFDA) is a campaign to join women and men in international faith, development and women's organizations to mobilize around the bold moral imperative of ending global poverty and empowering women and girls.
In a video message at the launch of its international action and advocacy campaign, Mary Robinson highlighted the need for faith leaders who are "courageous and outspoken and who are on the side of gender justice."
For centuries, societies and cultures have relied on the wisdom of their elders and the resourcefulness of their young to tackle issues that plague society.
In a rare television event, CNN provided a group of young student activists, - brought together by UNICEF - the opportunity to ask advice from members of The Elders gathered in South Africa for the launch of the Every Human Has Rights Campaign to mark the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In September 2007, Mary Robinson, along with seven other prominent women leaders from around the world, undertook a visit to refugee camps in eastern Chad. Tales of unimaginable suffering were relayed first-hand by women and their families at the camps prompting Robinson to call for a much greater sense of urgency for the region. The group said they were shocked by the suffering they witnessed.
On August 25th 2007, Mary Robinson was interviewed by Riz Khan on his 'One on One' show. Mary Robinson reflected on her life and career as a human rights advocate, beginning in Ireland right through to her current work with Realizing Rights.
Riz Khan has worked for the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera English channel.
In an interview on Australian TV's Lateline program in May 2007, Mary Robinson discussed how Australia may be indirectly fuelling the black market arms trade across the Pacific.
"Many guns that are supplied legally, in the sense of going to a legal government, if they are not properly secured, very quickly get into the hands of bandits, of gangsters of rebel groups," she said.
Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and The Council of Women World Leaders co-organized a meeting of the Network of Women Ministers of Health in Madrid, Spain on 13-14 April 2007.
Speakers included Jennifer Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Tim Evans, Asst. Director General of the World Health Organization; Caroline Kayonga, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Rwanda; and David de Ferranti, Chair, Health Financing Task Force.