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'Brave acts of wisdom': conversations with the Elders

Those who stand in the way of peace and empowerment of the residents of Gaza and East Jerusalem deserve to be exposed and embarrassed. We must stop sowing the seeds of future conflict now.
Darrell Gudmundson
Saskatoon, Canada
An open apology to the Palestinians and acknowledgment of the mistakes the western world has made in the past, will show respect to all those who suffer, and this will give them hope and strength.
Gerardus Smeets
Germany
#MyMandela A photo from the 60's watching over a seemingly hopeless fight for what is right in one country, walking back out into the world, teaching us all how hard but achievable that goal is.
Kate Anderson
London, UK
I wish Israeli and Palestinian leaders opened up their hearts for love and peace in this land which -although it seems completely impossible- should and could be the actual source of peace.
Jutta
Germany
The only way to consider a real future is through peace. Only when people relate to each other through respect and admiration will we know peace.
Nick Petten
Ontario, Canada
You taught us humility, patience and love. Gave us strength to aspire to get education even if we fail along the way but most of all you sacrificed your life for us. RIP TATA
Gregory Matjabe
Pretoria, South Africa
“I, too, am an African,” Africans are of blood and of soil, but also the spirit says Prof Dumas in his inaugural lecture at the UFS reminiscing about his life and experiences on the continent
Charles dumas
South Africa
Father of the Nation and the World , your legacy is rich and its roots are deeply entrenched in our hearts. May your soul rest in peace. Thank you for the sacrifice - We'll forever be grateful
Tutuzela Balintulo
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
So sad but so grateful for his leadership and examples, his love of humanity and desire for a better world for all of us.
Julie Isaac
Canada
I appeal to all South Africans to uphold the legacy of our dear Madiba, of forgiveness, tolerance and humanity. We appear to have lost our moral compass!
Rhona Hing
Johannesburg, South Africa
Long live the inspiration of Madiba. You will be sorely missed, but your impact on life on Earth survives forever.
Deanna Taylor
Utah, United States
We are all part of the peace we wish for - One Earth, One Heart, infinite paths... Thank you for your efforts, your vision, your willingness to listen, share truth, create connections. Many Blessings!
Amy
SF Bay Are, CA, USA
“Collective responsibility” will save our “future” selves, from our current selves.
AkuA...
Maryland, USA
Can we learn to live and let live, respect our differences and celebrate our similarities? We are all connected to each other and share this planet. I support the peaceful protesters.
Sharon Gordon
England
Thanks a lot for the wonderful work you're doing through the whole world,we appreciate for that,and for us we also need such opportunity to reach us here in Uganda
Ssenteza
uganda
Wonderful to see our wise Elders meet and act with communities in Palestine and Israel. I cannot think of another current example of the human rights abuses occuring in Palestine.
annette brownlie
australia
I support all those working tirelessly for a peaceful coexistence. It is important to listen to the concerns and aspirations of a broad range of individuals on both sides.
Richard Branson
England
My heart is full of gratitude about his way he made in life. Its grace we have had him here on earth. He gives me a strong sign of l o v e and believe.
Anke Rosenmüller
Germany
Great initiative, hope that you will succeed! I work on the West Bank as project leader in an Israeli/Palestinian cooperative and I know this is what lots of people want!
René Dekker
Netherlands
Mandela's ideal and that he was famously prepared to die for it should forever remain an inspiration to us to continue the fight against inequality and domination of any group of people over another.
Adam Davis
London
Lutherans in the Holy Land and in the US are working tirelessly for peace for Israelis and Palestinians. This is a calling for all Christians to work energetically for peace and reconciliation.
Skip Cornett
Columbus, OH
The price we pay for destroying peace is too high we cannot afford it anymore.
Purity Mwangi
Kenya
Peace can be achieved if the Palestinian and the Israelis agreed to live together as equal.All i want for my people n Gaza is to live with dignity and to be free of all the restrictions around them.
Mary Hreish
U.S.A
South Africa will not be free until Palestine is free. I think this is a Nelson Mandela quote.
Nanima
South Africa
please, don't forget that aged people can revitalise the other. A MISSION.
ivo wolff gersberg
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
The world is leveraging our global interdependence, love is the overwhelming force within our brave new world, dictators and war mongers will get tired and learn that they were love all along
Tony Maden
Midwest USA
I thank you Mandela for you are the Man of Truth, Justice, Reconciliation, Liberty, Freedom Just Peace Progress and Love.
JADA
Juba South Sudan.
I met with a number of Israeli and Palestinian peace groups back in 2005 and since then I have shared their work with thousands of Americans who are largely unaware of peace organizations there.
Joe Parko
Tennessee, USA
I know peace will come - and it will be brought about by mums and dads who are brave enough to create a new future for their children by letting go of the past. I applaud you and send my love.
Veronica Arnold
Australia
I am writing to appreciate your work across the globe. I am a big fan from India and also a follower on twitter. Please accept my compliments and do share your thoughts/plans (if any) around India.
Kavita Adhikari
Bangalore, India
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The Elders

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando H Cardoso

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Graça Machel

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Honorary Elder

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.