HE Mary Robinson served as the President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997. She is also the Founder and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality and women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity. She was the first female President of Ireland.
HE Mary Robinson was appointed as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Between 2013 and 2016, she served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa (2013-14), then on Climate Change (2014-15) and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. She is an institutional reformer, credited for bringing the human rights agenda into the core of United Nations activities.
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.
Currently, she sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and is a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. She is also Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, and an Ambassador for the B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She has served as the Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998.
HE President Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama.
HE President Mary Robinson published her memoir ‘Everybody Matters’, in September 2012.