Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is the keynote speaker at the 2018 World Community Development Conference at Maynooth University.
Community development workers and activists from around the world have travelled to the Kildare college to share experiences and ideas, and highlight the importance of community development in meeting global human rights standards and sustainability goals.
The theme of this year’s conference is Participation, Power and Progress: Community Development towards 2030 – Our Analysis, Our Actions.
Other keynote speakers include Northern Irish civil rights activist Bernadette McAliskey, Anita Paul of the Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, and Australian indigenous rights campaigner and Associate Professor in Social Science and Community Development at Queensland Institute of Technology, Peter Westoby.
Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Mary Robinson said: “Those who are in positions of decision-making power, or who engage in processes that will ultimately affect the lives, and decide the fate, of whole swathes of the planet’s people cannot do so in isolation. We have a moral imperative to ensure that there is no one ‘preferably unheard’. We have a duty to ensure that those people, particularly women, who are in the most vulnerable situations are empowered to realise their rights to participate in decision-making so they can share and enjoy development gains.”
File image: Mary Robinson/RollingNews