Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate.
The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders, co-founder and former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and Vice President of the Club of Madrid. She is chair of the GAVI Alliance Board. She chairs the Fund for Global Human Rights and is Honorary President of Oxfam International, and Patron of the International Community of Women Living with AIDS (ICW). She is President of the International Commission of Jurists.
She is now serving as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.
'Hunger - Nutrition - Climate Justice 2013. A New Dialogue: Putting People at the Heart of Global Development' took place in Dublin Castle from 15-16 April 2013 during Ireland's Presidency of the EU
The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, together with the Irish Government, hosted this unique conference, which combined key policy makers in global development with the people living on the frontlines of climate change and food insecurity. Conference organising partners included the World Food Programme (WFP) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Today nearly one billion people still suffer from hunger, most of them women and children. Under nutrition among mothers and children is the underlying cause of 2.5 million deaths every year.
With the world's population set to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by 60% just to meet the growing demand. Over the same period climate change, water scarcity and land degradation could reduce food production by one quarter, leading to further increases in the number of people suffering from hunger.
The global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice are linked -- so our response also needs to be linked, coherent and consistent. To be credible, the global response must be based on a clear understanding of the rights and the reality of the lives of the people most affected, now and in the future. We need to move away from a business-as-usual approach to development if these global challenges are to be resolved in our lifetimes.
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