Mary Robinson says it is “incredibly important that Europe will be at the heart of a progressive alliance for a new climate agreement” at the UN conference in Paris in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

EU heads of state and governments need to adopt an ambitious target to cut carbon emissions if Europe is to retain its leadership on climate change(...)

Mary Robinson: Her latest UN mandate will run until the crucial Paris climate summit in December next year, at which a comprehensive agreement on how to tackle global warming is expected to be reached. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary Robinson is to become UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for climate change, it was announced yesterday.She is to (...)

Former US vice-president Al Gore praised Ireland as a “world leader” in tackling hunger and poor nutrition. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland will push for a greater focus on the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition at international g(...)

Ireland signs a three-year € 21m partnership agreement with the UN World Food Programme in Dublin Castle yesterday. From left: Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the UN World Food Programme; Minister for Agriculture, Food and Development Simon Coveney and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The persistence of hunger in the 21st century represents “the grossest of human rights violations” (...)

President Michael D Higgins addressed the  conference on climate change and global hunger in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

President Michael D Higgins today said global hunger represents the grossest of human rights violations and the greatest ethical challenge fac(...)

Mary Robinson: strongly tipped for the post of UN special envoy to Africa’s troubled Great Lakes region

Former president Mary Robinson is strongly tipped for the post of UN special envoy to Africa ’s troubled Great Lakes re(...)