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The filmmakers standing up for human rights

The Mobile Film Festival is marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by showcasing inspiring one-minute films on the theme: Stand Up for Human Rights. The Elders' Chair Mary Robinson is Honorary President of the festival and will preside over the award ceremony on 4 December in Paris.

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The time for talking is over: a call to action on climate change and planetary health

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Mary Robinson outlines priorities in her new role as Chair of The Elders


The Elders at their November 2018 Board Meeting in London.

It is an honour to write to you for the first time in my new capacity as Chair of The Elders.

I have been a proud member of this group since we were first brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

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Event: Challenging Human Rights Leadership

It’s been 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations. It is a landmark document that sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected - from freedom of expression to the presumption of innocence and the right to education.  

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Human rights are a key tool to protect the vulnerable against climate change

Mary Robinson highlights the enduring relevance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in protecting the vulnerable against the effects of climate change as we mark the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR.

"Climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil and amounts to an attempt to deny human rights to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. "


Mary Robinson at the UN in September 2018 (Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

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Discrimination: human rights are a preventative tool

Hina Jilani highlights the role of human rights in the struggle against discrimination as we mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"As a lawyer and human rights defender, I have repeatedly been confronted with examples of discrimination committed on grounds of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation."

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Mary Robinson addresses UNGA on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan

On 21 September, Mary Robinson reflected on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan, during an address to the UN General Assembly in New York.

"I am reminded of something Kofi would often affirm: that there is no peace without development, no development without peace, and neither peace nor development without human rights."


Mary Robinson in September 2018 (Credit: UN)

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The Refugee Crisis Is a Test of Our Collective Conscience

Drawing on his own experiences of being a child refugee during the Korean War, Ban Ki-moon calls on world leaders to increase political will to address the refugee and migrant crisis. First published in the New York Times.

"Be guided by our common humanity, rather than a belief in barriers and barbed wire."
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California must remain a beacon on climate and health

Ban Ki-moon highlights the interconnected challenges of climate change and health in major Elders speech.

 
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Kofi Annan's 'stubborn optimism' will continue to inspire us

Gro Harlem Brundtland, our acting chair, reflects on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan and looks ahead to our upcoming events. 

 
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