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Tuesday's Connector: Bianca Jagger

May 6th, 2010
07:29 PM ET

Bianca Jagger may be best known for her marriage to "Rolling Stones" lead singer, Mick Jagger, but the 60-year-old is also a well-known human rights advocate and social rights campaigner.

Born in Nicaragua, Jagger is also a former actress and even a fashion icon.

Bianca first met Mick Jagger at a "Rolling Stones" concert in 1970 and the pair immediately hit it off. After only nine months, the couple married in a small ceremony in the south of France.

The couple had one daughter together, but after seven years of marriage, Bianca Jagger filed for divorce.

After the pair split, Bianca decided to devote a large portion of her time to social and humanitarian causes and set up her own charity called the "Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation".

Currently, Jagger serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill ambassador and is your Connector of the Day.

You can also follow Jagger on Twitter @BJHRF

Unfortunately Jagger wasn't able to answer all the questions you asked on-air, but luckily, she has agreed to answer them here in our blog.

Here's a look at some of the questions.

Do you think the humanity will manage to reach any of the Millennium Development Goal by 2015? If yes, which one?

Unfortunately, I have serious doubts that Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be reached by 2015. Whilst some progress has been made, in particular with regards to education, we are still a long way from reaching the MDG targets. It is shocking and deplorable that in the 21st century 24,000 children dies every day from preventable causes, such as hunger and diseases. I believe that ending poverty and hunger is an urgent priority. Until today too little has been done to address these issues and few countries have fulfilled their promise.

The failure of world leaders to achieve their pledges is unjustifiable and inexcusable. The MDGs 'are not 'millennium', but are 'minimum' standards rooted in human rights, freedom, equality, sustainability and justice.

In the year 2000, 189 world leaders adopted The Millennium Declaration and made the commitment to "free all men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty" by the year 2015. In 1970 the UN General Assembly pledged that developing countries would commit 0.7 % of their GDPs to Official Development Assistance.

To quote UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon addressing the UN General Assembly on 16 March "the shortfalls have occurred not because the goals are unreachable, or because time is too short. We are off course because of unmet commitments, inadequate resources and a lack of focus and accountability."

As a human rights defender in a world fraught with human rights violations it is extremely difficult to choose to support one or a few individual causes amongst the many worthy causes that are presented to me. The foundation I founded and chair, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, is a small charity and our resources are limited.

What is the most important message you would want get across?

Today we stand at a crossroads in history. The warnings from our most respected scientists are loud and clear, yet government leaders continue to ignore the scale of the threat. According to most scientists, we have less than a decade left to address the issue of climate change before we reach the 'tipping point,' or point of no return. Climate change touches every part of our lives: peace, security, human rights, poverty, hunger, health, mass migration and economics. It is estimated that climate change accounts for the deaths of over 300,000 people each year and has a serious impact on the lives of a further 325 million. Human security and climate change are inextricably linked.

Too much destruction has been carried out "in the name of progress and development" We need to redefine the meaning of "development". Any development should be sustainable, any project must take into account the needs and aspirations of the local communities and should benefit all sectors of society. As the UN Brundtland Report states, development must "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". Measures of development need to be more holistic. We must ensure that corporations follow through with their pledges to adhere to ethical standards, corporate responsibility and sustainable practice. These principles have to be enforceable not as voluntary measures, but as a legally binding mechanism in international law. Corporate social responsibility is not only about how corporations spend their money, but about how they make it.

I am currently supporting the Kondh tribe's battle to save their livelihoods against Vedanta a powerful British base mining company. Their struggle illustrates the struggle for survival that tribal and indigenous people are facing throughout the world. It brings back memories of what i witnessed in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru among others. The struggle of tribal and indigenous people versus corporations and states, over ancestral land rich in natural resources, is a global issue. Throughout history, indigenous and tribal people have been oppressed and forcefully expelled from their ancestral land, their rights violated with impunity by governments that put the interest of corporations above their survival. This combination of factors has often led them to resort to armed struggle, in order to protect their families, their land, their livelihoods and their culture. Last year in Peru, hundreds of Amazonian Indians were wounded and arrested in clashes over oil and timber.

As citizens of developed rich countries, we have been and still are the main beneficiaries of the economic developments which have led to climate change and have left millions behind, in poverty. I urge political leaders and heads of corporations throughout the world to rise to the challenge of defeating poverty and fighting climate change. As individuals, we must realise the impact of our daily activities on the environment and make choices that contribute to the global effort to fight climate change, whether it is to choose "greener" transport and renewable energy, cut down on air travel, on meat or eat foods that are produced as locally as possible. As citizens, we can also lobby our local and national authorities to take action, adopt courageous environmental policies and fulfil their pledges to fight poverty.

Who is your most admired political figure in American history?

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt

How do you see the impact of the Internet on humanitarian causes?

The Internet is invaluable to humanitarian and human rights causes; it is a powerful tool to give voice to people in remote places. It also plays an important role in the dissemination of information and in raising awareness. I am a firm believer in technology and I use the internet, FaceBook and Twitter to publicise the causes I support. You can follow me at: http://twitter.com/BJHRF

What did you think of your time spent in Montauk ?

I loved Montauk and the time I spent there with my daughter Jade

Why don't you run for office?

I believe that I can be more effective as a human rights defender and a social justice and climate change advocate, than as a politician. If a time came when I thought I could do more as a politician, I would definitely consider running for office.

All the views expressed in the answers are strictly those of Bianca Jagger and do not represent the views of CNN.