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Mary Robinson Centre to Host International Sustainability Symposium

Mary Robinson event at Aula Maxima. (Photograph by Aengus McMahon)

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
June / July 2016

The Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co. Mayo is hosting an international symposium in July in partnership with the National University of Ireland Galway’s Centre for Global Women’s Studies. The two-day symposium will cover issues of peace, development, equality, and human rights.

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, who currently serves as the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, says the symposium “will bring together in Ballina an outstanding group of sustainable development champions from Ireland and around the world. It will begin a very important international conversation that puts human rights, peace, tackling inequalities, and promoting women’s leadership at the heart of our collective efforts to implement the new U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

The Mary Robinson Centre will be Ireland’s first Presidential library, located at Victoria House in Ballina, Co. Mayo, the birthplace of the former President of Ireland. Due to open in 2018, it will comprise a museum, archive, research facility, educational centre and events venue. In addition to sharing the achievements of Ireland’s first female president, the Mary Robinson Centre will use Mary’s legacy to inspire and foster personal leadership in promoting human rights, gender equality and women’s leadership.

For more information, or to register, visit conference.ie. ♦

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