Mary Robinson: Climate change is an issue of human rights These principles must be put at the heart of any deal on global warming Wednesday 10 December 2008 01:00 Mary Robinson speaks at the Creative Responses to Climate Change event. Filmed interview. For Mary Robinson—former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice—rectifying these injustices is an essential part of the international effort to address climate change. One of the world’s most respected advocates for climate justice and Ireland’s first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are disproportionately threatened by climate change. Watch Mary Robinson explain climate justice, the importance of building resilience and ensuring adequate climate finance: She is the former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and is now Chair of the Elders and a member of the Club of Madrid. The Mary Robinson Foundation has joined forces with the World Resources Institute to put together a declaration on climate change to be published during the week of the United National General Assembly, highlighting issues that need to be addressed to bring about climate justice. She served in two capacities as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation―Climate Justice. Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mary Robinson served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa from 2013-2014, stepping down in July 2014 to take up the post of Special Envoy for Climate Change until December 2015 after COP21 in Paris. She has become a global advocate for climate justice, having served twice as the UN’s Special Envoy on Climate Change and is founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. Without action, climate change will rob future generations of the rights and opportunities many of the current generation take for granted.