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Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, appointed United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change

Mary Robinson, MIF Board and Prize Committee Member, has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to serve as the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change.

The appointment will take effect immediately and builds on her work on climate justice.  Mary’s role will involve engagement with Heads of State and Governments around the world in order to mobilise political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit that the Secretary-General is hosting in New York on 23 September 2014. She will also provide strategic advice to the Secretary-General based on her consultations.

Mary Robinson has served as the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region leading up to the announcement and was commended on her work by the Secretary-General, in particular for her efforts in bringing cohesion and international awareness to the challenges in the Great Lakes region. She will submit her final report on the Great Lakes to the Security Council on the 7th August 2014.

The Foundation wishes to convey its heartfelt congratulations to Mary Robinson and wish her the best of success in performing the important and responsible duties of her new role.

To read Mary Robinson’s Statement here and the United Nations here, click the links below.