News Archives: January - June 2008
June 26th 2008
WHO European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems
Mary Robinson delivered a keynote address at the first European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems. "With ageing populations and the increasing burden of disease, we know that demand for health workers will increase, meaning emigration trends are likely to persist," said Mary Robinson. "What is crucial now is for European countries to adopt an ethical approach to their health-worker needs and thereby reduce the negative impacts of migration on health systems in developing countries,"
June 24th 2008
Climate Justice on agenda of Global Humanitarian Forum Annual Meeting 2008
The Global Humanitarian Forum held its first Annual Meeting 2008 on 24???25 June in Geneva, Switzerland. In solidarity with the world???s most vulnerable, the aim is to place climate justice high on the agenda as the guiding principle in the international response to climate change and as the basis for any future global climate agreement. As a member of the Global Humanitarian Forum's Board, Mary Robinson moderated a discussion on how climate change has already affected people's lives.
June 20th 2008
2008 Civicus World Assembly
More than a thousand delegates representing groups and organisations from over 150 countries came together for the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland from 18 - 21 June 2008. The World Assembly is the primary venue where civil society, donors, government, business and media - traditionally unconnected sectors - convene to act collaboratively towards the strengthening of civic space.
June 19th 2008
Inaugural Net Impact Europe Conference
The inaugural Net Impact Europe Conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland from June 12-14. Entitled 'Sustainable Prosperity: Taking on the Global Challenge', it featured speakers and participants from over 25 countries. Mary Robinson delivered a keynote at the conference and spoke to INSEAD Knowledge about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human rights on the sidelines of the conference.
June 6th 2008
Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
In a new report entitled "Making the Law Work for Everyone" (available to download), the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, is calling on national governments and international institutions to make legal empowerment a key element of the anti-poverty agenda. The report makes concrete recommendations about how legal empowerment would allow billions of people to lift themselves from the grips of poverty
May 28th 2008
Philanthropy's Vision: A Leadership Summit
Philanthropic leaders from around the world gathered at a Council on Foundations summit in Washington, DC in May to discuss how they can work together more effectively - as well as with business and governments - to address the tremendous challenges and opportunities that we face today at the global, national, and local levels. Mary Robinson participated in a plenary discussion on "Philanthropic Partnership: Improving the lives of our Fellow-citizens"
May 20th 2008
Five Ministries Selected for Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health
The Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) is pleased to announce that Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal and Sierra Leone have been competitively selected to participate in an innovative initiative providing technical assistance and consultation in the areas of aid effectiveness, health financing for equity, and women's health.
May 19th 2008
Mary Robinson joins the call to Counter Terror with Justice
Mary Robinson has joined Amnesty International's campaign to "Counter Terror with Justice" to bring the harsh realities of illegal detention to concerned citizens around the United States. A replica of a maximum-security cell from the detention site at the U.S. naval base in Guantбnamo Bay will tour major U.S. cities through the summer.
May 5th 2008
United Nations Global Compact - US 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, Human Rights: A Global Perspective, was delivered by Mary Robinson, a Global Compact Board member.
April 13th 2008
Women, Faith and Development Alliance
A unique partnership of internationally focused faith, development, and women's organizations aims to be a powerful new force dedicated to engendering global efforts to reduce poverty by increasing political will and action to increase investments in women's and girls' empowerment around the world.
April 7th 2008
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.
March 21st 2008
Gates Foundation supports the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health
A new four-year grant of $8,714,441 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the Aspen Institute will support the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) - an innovative project of Realizing Rights, the Health Financing Task Force and the Council of Women World Leaders, designed to meet the critical need for political leadership to address major global health challenges.
March 14th 2008
Mary Robinson interview on BBC's Hardtalk
In an interview on BBC's political news programme, HARDtalk, Mary Robinson discussed the qualities that women can bring to leadership roles and the importance of stengthening women's leadership worldwide.
March 8th 2008
Women: The best hope for sustainable peace.
On International Women???s Day 2008, The Elders call on the global community to acknowledge the vital role which women leaders around the world play in helping to resolve conflict and foster peaceful and prosperous societies.
March 7th 2008
First Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
The Global Health Workforce Alliance convened the first ever Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Kampala, Uganda from March 2-7, 2008. Over 1000 participants, including government leaders, eminent health, development, civil society, academic and health professional leaders from around the world, sought to further galvanize a global movement in response to the increasingly pertinent human resources for health (HRH) crisis.
March 3rd 2008
Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
Hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor aims to make legal protection and economic opportunity not the privilege of the few but the right of all. The fifth Commission meeting took place in New York on February 6-8 2008.
February 29th 2008
Mary Robinson meets with World YWCA delegation
On February 27th, Mary Robinson met with the World YWCA delegation attending the Committee of Status of Women (CSW). In response to the continued turmoil in Kenya, the World YWCA delegation and Robinson led a consultation session with various NGOs and CSW participants to discuss women???s efforts for peace in Kenya.
February 18th 2008
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
On February 14th 2008, Mary Robinson was pleased to be part of the launch, in New York City, of the Global Centre on the Responsibility to Protect. Its aims - to build greater acceptance of the R2P norm and to work with others to call attention to how it must be applied in real-world crises ??? are vital.
February 13th 2008
Mary Robinson has a message for the world's women leaders
Mary Robinson spoke to patrict Barkham of The Guardian prior to the inaugural Women of the Year Lecture in London on February 11th and had an uncompromising message for the hundreds of women gathered at the event: women in positions of power should be making more of an impact...
February 4th 2008
Realizing Rights in Liberia
Realizing Rights staff traveled to Monrovia, Liberia in January to launch a program of work in conjunction with the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically-elected woman president in Africa, on women???s leadership and decent work.
January 11th 2008
First Alliance of Civilizations Forum
Mary Robinson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Noor of Jordan, President of Spain, Josй Luis Rodrнguez Zapatero, Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, Author Paulo Coelho and news anchor Riz Khan will be among the public figures attending a groundbreaking forum attempting to find new ways to bridge the growing divide between nations and cultures worldwide, and to establish new partnerships to promote global understanding.
January 10th 2008
Time is running out for Chad
For the people of eastern Chad, the recent breakdown of the cease-fire between the government and rebel groups could not have come at a worse time. With the deployment of the committed European force still delayed, the breakdown highlights the most pressing problem in eastern Chad today - how to protect almost 400,000 vulnerable people isolated in an increasingly lawless land where violence is increasing at a frightening pace day after day.