The Elders
01/20/2017 at 16:11. Facebook
"It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. There can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.” – Nelson Mandela
The Elders
01/20/2017 at 10:34. Facebook
Would you like a chance to shape and lead an exciting high-profile international campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Elders, promoting the values of our founder Nelson Mandela, and engaging people around the world?

Find out more and apply by 5 Feb:

Could you be our 10th Anniversary Project Director?
The Elders
01/17/2017 at 11:54. Facebook
As leaders meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mary Robinson acknowledges those who feel left behind by globalisation and calls on responsible politicians, civil society and business leaders to reassert our basic, common values of dignity for all.

Read her opinion piece:

Moral and political leadership in a time of uncertainty
The Elders
01/16/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
“Yesterday’s Paris conference sent out an important message to the world. Scores of nations gathered, demonstrating the international community’s desire to promote the best hope for a sustainable peace for Israelis and Palestinians: two states living peacefully side by side." –Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Elders welcome the latest international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urge...
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The Elders welcome Paris Mideast peace conference, urge all P5 states to show leadership
The Elders
01/16/2017 at 15:15. Facebook
"Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and all States in the region and beyond, must abjure obstructionism which will only prolong the sufferings of Israelis and Palestinians alike.” –Kofi Annan

The Elders welcome the latest international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urge the international community, and in particular all five permanent members of the United Nations Security...
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The Elders welcome Paris Mideast peace conference, urge all P5 states to show leadership
The Elders
01/16/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
How can governments balance migration and security?

LIVE: Lakhdar Brahimi discusses migration crises at Sciences Po Youth & Leaders Summit 2017.


Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss migration and security at Sciences Po
The mass migration of people poses numerous challenges. Governments and institutions can appear overwhelmed, humanitarian relief is strained, security concerns are raised and wider demographic and economic dynamics need to be addressed.

How can world leaders respond to such multi-dimensional crises?

On 16 January, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi will join panel discussions on these...
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Elders discuss migration and security at Sciences Po
“Iran has lost one of its most influential leaders and a strong voice for reform and for the improvement of regional relations.” – Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders.

The Elders are saddened by the passing of former President Rafsanjani, with whom they held fruitful discussions during a visit to Tehran in 2014. They recall his pragmatic approach to regional relations and call on Iran’s current...
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The Elders’ statement on the death of former Iranian President Rafsanjani
The Elders believe that the ongoing #CyprusTalks represent a huge opportunity to undertake a fruitful dialogue which can finally lead to peace and reconciliation. Cypriots deserve justice as well as a peaceful future that can allow them to heal the wounds to their societies caused by decades of conflict, displacement and division. The Elders discussed these issues, and the scars caused by the...
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The Elders visit Cyprus and London to launch new documentary film on missing persons
"People deserve honest explanations and answers from their leaders, not obfuscations given in bad faith.”

As the world faces hard choices in 2017, our Chair Kofi Annan calls on leaders to be honest with their people and pledges that The Elders will continue to speak truth to power, as the organisation marks its tenth anniversary.

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2017: a year for hard questions and honest answers
"Thanks to modern technology our capacity to observe the painful details of distant wars up close is greater than ever. In turn, this spurs understandable calls for something to be done to stop the carnage. But while the impulse to action may be stronger than ever, our capacity to act decisively has, paradoxically, been weakening lately."

Read why in our December newsletter by Senior Advisor...
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Another day, another atrocity
"It is clear that the vestiges of the “rules of warfare” agreed during the last century have almost completely gone, and with them a defining guide to what is right and wrong.”

In a valedictory piece, our Senior Advisor Andrew Whitley reflects on a cycle of violence and the need for hope.

Read our December newsletter:

Another day, another atrocity
During a recent meeting with President Joko Widodo, our Chair Kofi Annan praised Indonesia’s progress in creating the biggest single-payer health system in the world, now covering 168 million people. He suggested reforms which could enable the country to reach full population coverage by 2019. Read more:

Kofi Annan discusses UHC with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo
“Governments need to provide a broad package of health services, free at the point of delivery, giving high priority to health needs of women, children and adolescents.” –Gro Harlem Brundtland

Find out more about our #HealthForAll work, this Universal Health Coverage Day: [ Link ]
"Countries must advance UHC in an equitable way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on health.” –Graça Machel

Find out more about our #HealthForAll work, this Universal Health Coverage Day: [ Link ]
"UHC goes beyond safeguarding the health and well-being of individuals and communities. It also helps build fair, stable, and cohesive societies."

Gro Harlem Brundtland & World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan call #HealthForAll an affordable goal, this #UHCDay. Read their joint op-ed:

Universal Health Coverage: an affordable goal for all
“Too many people suffer ill health or even die, because they cannot get the treatment that should be readily available.” This Universal Health Coverage Day, watch Gro Brundtland and Jimmy Carter explain why #HealthForAll is so important:
What is Universal Health Coverage and why are The Elders campaigning for it? Ahead of Universal Health Coverage Day, watch Jimmy Carter and Gro Brundtland explain more about #HealthForAll:
“If people are denied because they can’t afford to pay, I think that is a terrible denial both of rights and dignity.”

This #HumanRightsDay, watch Mary Robinson, Ernesto Zedillo and Hina Jilani explain why The Elders support Universal Health Coverage:

Find out more about our #HealthForAll work: [ Link ]
"Even as people are building walls and closing borders, we need to construct a progressive narrative around freedom of movement and human rights."

To mark Human Rights Day, Danny Sriskandarajah of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation calls for the protection of civil society voices: Read more:

We need to safeguard civic space