Each year the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an exceptional individual to highlight and honour their commitment and inspirational work as a champion of international development and global justice.
The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 was awarded to Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is Chair of the Elders and a member of the Club of Madrid, and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between 2013 and 2016, Mrs Robinson served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.
A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.
Mrs Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mrs Robinson's memoir, Everybody Matters, was published in September 2012.
Her new book, Climate Justice - Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future (2018), is "an urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward."
The Mothers of Invention podcast, co-hosted by Mrs Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins, was released in 2018. The series considers the big issues of climate change and looks at women all over the world driving climate solutions.
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