Mary Robinson on Int’l Human Rights Day: Climate Change is the Biggest Human Rights Issue There Is

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 10, 2015

Today is International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. As we broadcast from the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, France, we look at climate change as a human rights issue. Negotiators have been debating how human rights should be address in the Paris accord.

The United States, Norway and Saudi Arabia have been criticized for seeking to eliminate key references to human rights in the text. We are joined by former Irish President Mary Robinson, who is also former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. In 2010, Robinson set up the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice. “To me, [climate change] is the biggest human rights issue in the world,” Robinson says.

Full Sequence of Day 9 Stories – December 10, 2015:

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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