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Mary Robinson, who was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, will be a keynote speaker when the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) hosts its World Credit Union Conference in Dublin in July. Robinson will speak to the issue of the Role of Credit Unions in Equalizing the Effects of Globalization.

"The Robinson presidency was characterized by inclusiveness and a concerted effort to use the office not only to improve the situations of marginalized groups within Ireland but also to draw attention to global crises," said WOCCU. "Robinson was the first head of state to visit famine-stricken Somalia in 1992 and to go to Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide there."

Robinson also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002, and founded and currently heads Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (EGI), a company that concentrates on greater human development and security.

In 2005 Robinson was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.

This won't be the former President's first remarks before credit unions. Robinson addressed WOCCU the last time it met in Ireland in 1994.

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