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Robinson Rules Herself Out Of EU Job

Hat tip to Rita O’Reilly, who follows us on Twitter and tweets some very interesting stuff herself.

Former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson has said today that she is not available for consideration for the post of President of the EU Council, EurActiv.com reports:

Robinson told EurActiv that “it is humbling and gratifying to be mentioned as a possibility for the position of president of the EU – particularly when it appears that the campaign is being led by civil society and those interested in issues I very much wish to address and progress”.

She went on to note that “during recent times I have become increasingly focussed on the challenge of climate change and its severe impacts on the developing world – i.e. on the issue of climate justice. It is a topic of extreme urgency and is proving very time-consuming and demanding”.

We reported that Robinson had been tipped for the job here, and discussed the connections between human rights and climate change as part of our post for Blog Action day here. You can read more about Robinson’s work at Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globilization Initiative here.

Update: The Irish Times insists that Mrs. Robinson is still in the running but contrast this.

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