The Elders
02/22/2017 at 16:34. Facebook
On 18 February, Mary Robinson joined a panel debate on climate change and security at the Munich Security Conference 2017. Speaking alongside senior politicians from Finland, Bangladesh, Sweden and the US, she called for leadership and urged the Security Council to hold formal discussions on the severe implications that climate change has on security.

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Climate security: changing the narrative
The Elders
02/22/2017 at 16:32. Facebook
According to a new study in The Lancet, the United States is the only country in the OECD without Universal Health Coverage, and has the largest share of unmet healthcare needs due to financial costs.

The Elders believe that UHC is a goal that all countries can and should meet, so no-one is denied the medical services they need because they cannot afford the cost of care.

Future life expectancy in 35 industrialised countries: projections with a Bayesian model ensemble
The Elders
02/22/2017 at 09:55. Facebook
We reiterate the importance of all UN Security Council members acting in unity to prevent mass atrocities.

Watch why Security Council veto restraint is key to the success of the United Nations: [ Link ]
The Elders
02/20/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
This #SocialJusticeDay watch The Elders explaining why ensuring #UniversalHealthCoverage represents a first step towards fixing the social and economic injustice that still prevails in today’s world.
The Elders
02/20/2017 at 16:14. Facebook
Is the Iran Deal Worth Keeping?

On 19 February, Lakhdar Brahimi and Ernesto Zedillo hosted a panel debate to consider the merits of the Iran Nuclear Agreement at the Munich Security Conference 2017. Joined by HRH Prince Turki of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Al Thani of Qatar, they considered its consequences for regional and global security.

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The Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Deal Worth Keeping?
The Elders
02/20/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
This #WorldSocialJusticeDay, we echo our founder, Nelson Mandela’s call to make the world a more equal place.

From campaigning for affordable healthcare and the rights of refugees and migrants to promoting the empowerment of women and girls, find out more about our work: [ Link ]
“All settlements on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law – whether or not Israel chooses to recognise them.” –Gro Harlem Brundtland.

The Elders express alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on 6 February that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated Palestinian land.

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The Elders voice alarm at new Israeli settlement law
"This law is highly damaging both to the prospects for peace in the region, and to Israel’s international reputation as a state that respects the rule of law." –Kofi Annan

The Elders today expressed alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on 6 February that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated...
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The Elders voice alarm at new Israeli settlement law
We welcome the excellent news from President Adama Barrow that Gambia will rejoin the International Criminal Court. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi should follow Gambia's example and work to strengthen the ICC from within.

Diplomatic community vows to prop up Barrow’s Government to tackle challenges | Republic of The Gambia - Office of The President - The State House
Earlier this week, Ernesto Zedillo attended a conference of health experts in Bangkok, Thailand to speak on implementing inclusive social policies. Drawing on his experiences as President of Mexico, he outlined four pillars which could guide sustainable implementation of Universal Health Coverage.

Read his speech to the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference: [ Link ]
“To improve health for all we need to fight for and protect the human rights of all people."

Earlier this week, Gro Harlem Brundtland underscored the importance of inclusive health policy as she addressed the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference, which this year focused on addressing the health of vulnerable populations.

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"We must all remember that refugees and migrants are part of our common humanity with the same rights and aspirations as you or I.”

Whilst acknowledging the need to address security, Lakhdar Brahimi calls on leaders to respond to refugees and migration with care and responsibility. Read more in our February newsletter: [ Link ]

Refugees and migrants: part of our common humanity
"Any weakening of the international system to manage and protect refugees, including resettlement programmes, will hurt vulnerable people, stoke resentment and threaten greater insecurity.” –Hina Jilani

All refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, regardless of religion, nationality or race. We call on the United States to provide leadership in line with its...
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"It is deeply regrettable that a nation of immigrants should turn its back so harshly on refugees escaping violence and war." – Kofi Annan

We condemn President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States and restricting migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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All migrants have human rights and should have their dignity upheld while on the move and in how they are received in other countries.

Read more about how human rights and refugee protection must be strengthened in our report on Refugees and Mass Migration:

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Governments cannot simply pay their way out of real responsibility-sharing. Resettlement is a tool for protection, a durable solution for refugees and a responsibility-sharing mechanism.

Read more about responsibility sharing in our report on Refugees and Mass Migration:

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Assistance to major refugee hosting countries must be enhanced – both to lighten the burden on host populations and ensure that refugees’ rights and needs are properly catered for.

Read more about how major refugee hosting countries must be supported in our report on Refugees and Mass Migration.

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International response mechanisms must be developed to ensure that when large movements of people occur, frontline states are not left to cope alone.

Read more about how the international community must respond in our report on Refugees and Mass Migration:
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From improved response mechanisms and enhanced assistance to host countries, to increased resettlement opportunities and strengthened human rights and refugee protection, we call for political will to ensure that responsibility is truly shared between countries, and that the vulnerable are protected. Read our report:

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