Tánaiste welcomes appointment of Mary Robinson as Chair of The Elders
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney, T.D., has welcomed the appointment today of Mary Robinson as Chair of The Elders.
“I wish to congratulate Mary Robinson on her appointment today as Chair of The Elders. Her appointment to succeed the late Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the UN, is recognition of her long and courageous engagement in the causes of international peace, justice and human rights. She takes up this position at a time when the world needs to hear strong voices, such as Mary Robinson’s, advocating for multilateralism and international cooperation.
In my role as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade I have witnessed first-hand the high standing that Mary Robinson has throughout the world, and particularly in developing countries. She brings great honour to Ireland in the process. I look forward to working with her in her new role and supporting her in whatever way I can.
In congratulating her, I also wish to pay tribute to her predecessor, Kofi Annan, an exceptional international statesman who worked tirelessly for a more peaceful and equal world.”
Note to Editors
• The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. Mary Robinson becomes the third Chair, following Archbishop Desmond Tutu (2007-12) and Kofi Annan (2013-2018).