Apr 10 – Climate Justice with Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson

Join the Center on Global Justice (CGJ), University Extension, and campus-wide partners for a two-day event highlighting the role of climate change in the developing world, and exploring new research avenues at UC San Diego tackling this challenge.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
3:30-5:30pm High tea and conversation with Mary Robinson and Dr. V Ramanathan (Scripps Oceanography):
Tea and refreshments will be served at 3:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Moderator: Roger Bingham
Location: Price Center Ballroom East

7:00pm Public Lecture: Mary Robinson – “Climate Justice
Free and open to the public.
Location: Price Center Ballroom East

Climate Justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. Climate justice is informed by science, responds to science and acknowledges the need for equitable stewardship of the world’s resources.

The principles of Climate Justice, articulated by the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, include:

• Respect and Protect Human Rights
• Support the Right to Development
• Share Benefits and Burdens Equitably
• Ensure that Climate Change Decisions are Participatory, Transparent, and Accountable
• Highlight Gender Equality and Equity
• Harness the Transformative Power of Education for Climate Stewardship
• Use Effective Partnerships to Secure Climate Justice

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born Mary Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo (1944), the daughter of two physicians, she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967.

As an academic (Trinity College Law Faculty 1968-90), legislator (Member of the Irish Senate 1969-89) and barrister (Irish Bar 1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980; called to the English Bar 1973) she sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court in Luxembourg as well as in the Irish courts. A committed European, she also served on expert European Community and Irish parliamentary committees.

In 1988 Mary Robinson and her husband founded the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College. Ten years later she was elected Chancellor of the University.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid.

She serves on several boards including the European Climate Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society.

Mary Robinson returned to live in Ireland, following the planned end of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, in December 2010. She now serves as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ).

UCSD Center on Global Justice
UCSD Extension
UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UCSD Academic Affiars (Executive VIce Chancellor, Suresh Subramani)
UCSD Center for Energy Research
UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
UCSD Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies
UCSD Division of Global Health
UCSD Surya Project
UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program
UCSD Center for Urban Ecologies
UCSD Food and Fuel for the Twenty-First Century=


Thursday, April 11, 2013
8:45am-5:15pm Climate Justice: UCSD research and the search for solutions
Scripps Forum, Lunch will be provided.
Please register here: http://climateenergy.eventbrite.com/


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