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The Elders send regular email newsletters to their supporters, updating them on their work and responding to some of the many messages and questions they receive. You can sign up to receive email updates using the 'signup' link in the top right of this page.

 

Ela Bhatt

 

June 2014: Ela Bhatt
Ela Bhatt on speaking truth to power, amplifying the voices of civil society, and the impact of climate change.


Hina Jilani

 

May 2014: Hina Jilani
Hina Jilani on joining The Elders, viewing climate change through a human rights lens, and the importance of listening to young people.


Martti Ahtisaari

 

April 2014: Martti Ahtisaari
Martti Ahtisaari reports back from The Elders' visit to Myanmar, where a more inclusive approach will be key to helping the country's diverse communities overcome decades of mistrust.


Mary Robinson

 

March 2014: Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson on The Elders' call for a carbon-neutral future; the role of men in promoting gender equality; and our first ever Twitter Q&A.


Ernesto Zedllo

 

February 2014: Ernesto Zedillo
Ernesto Zedillo on becoming an Elder and the recent visit to support dialogue and trust in Iran.


Kofi Annan

 

January 2014: Kofi Annan’s New Year message
Highlights from The Elders’ work in 2013 and Kofi Annan’s reflection on the passing of Nelson Mandela and the humanitarian crisis in Syria


Kofi Annan

 

“What Nelson Mandela taught us”: Kofi Annan
Returning from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa, Kofi Annan sends a special message to The Elders' supporters.


Graca Machel

 

October 2013: Graça Machel
In Cape Town with her fellow Elders, Graça Machel reflects on the meaning of ethical leadership.


Gro Harlem Brundtland

 

September 2013: Gro Harlem Brundtland
Returning from The Elders' first delegation to Myanmar, Gro Harlem Brundtland discusses the rapid reforms taking place and the importance of listening to ethical, inclusive leadership.


Jimmy Carter

 

July 2013: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter on political courage, Kerry's latest efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, a recent Elders visit to Washington DC and London, and the appointment of two new Elders.


Martti Ahtisaari

 

June 2013: Martti Ahtisaari
Martti Ahtisaari on conflict in Syria, peace-building in Northern Ireland, his childhood experience as a refugee, and why every conflict can be resolved.


Kofi Annan

 

May 2013: Kofi Annan
After Desmond Tutu steps down as Chair of The Elders, his successor Kofi Annan pays tribute to his leadership and discusses the recent Elders meeting in Dublin.


Lesley-Anne Knight

 

April 2013: Lesley-Anne Knight
Lesley-Anne Knight describes her first few months as CEO of The Elders, looks forward to the group's upcoming meeting, and poses the question: “Why does the world need the Elders?”


Gro Brundtland

 

March 2013: Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland on the struggle for gender equality – and why we cannot take our previous achievements for granted.


Ela Bhatt

 

February 2013: Ela Bhatt
Ahead of International Women’s Day 2013, Ela Bhatt celebrates women peace-builders around the world.


Desmond Tutu

 

January 2013: Desmond Tutu's New Year message
Desmond Tutu reviews The Elders’ work in 2012, from supporting peace in Sudan and South Sudan to debating with young activists in Rio de Janeiro and Egypt.


Martti Ahtisaari

 

December 2012: Martti Ahtisaari
Martti Ahtisaari on Egypt’s constitutional referendum, the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian conflict, and recent positive developments towards Middle East peace.


Mary Robinson

 

November 2012: Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson praises the first ever global Day of the Girl and the prominence it gave the issue of child marriage. Returning from an Elders trip to Israel, the West Bank and Cairo, she writes of the imperilled two-state solution and Egypt’s democratic transition.


Graca Machel

 

October 2012: Graça Machel
Graça Machel reflects on our progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and underlines the importance of the upcoming inaugural Day of the Girl to bring much-needed focus to adolescent girls.


Fernando H Cardoso

 

July 2012: Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Fernando Henrique Cardoso informs Elders supporters of the Elders+Youngers' activities in Rio, The Elders' trip to London in honour of its fifth anniversary, and the delegation to South Sudan to encourage peace talks.


Lakhdar Brahimi

 

June 2012: Lakhdar Brahimi
Lakhdar Brahimi writes about his recent trip to Sudan with fellow Elder Jimmy Carter where they met President Omar al-Bashir, and the role of youth in sustainable development.


Desmond Tutu

 

May 2012: Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu introduces the Elders+Youngers project, involving him, fellow Elders Mary Robinson, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Fernando Henrique Cardoso and four young activists in an intergenerational dialogue.


Jimmy Carter

 

April 2012: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter announces Aung San Suu Kyi's appointment to Myanmar parliament and her consequent withdrawal from The Elders.


Gro Brundtland

 

March 2012: Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland recounts The Elders' trip to India, where she and fellow Elders, Desmond Tutu, Ela Bhatt and Mary Robinson met local grassroots organisations to learn about the work being done to prevent child marriage.


Desmond Tutu

 

January 2012: Desmond Tutu's New Year message
Desmond Tutu gives a recap, on behalf of The Elders, of their work in 2011 and announces the Global Village section of the website.


Ela Bhatt

 

November 2011: Ela Bhatt
Ela Bhatt reflects on The Elders' meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they met fifty young Brazilian activists, students and entrepreneurs.


Mary Robinson

 

October 2011: Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson writes about the winners of the year's Nobel Peace Prize, as well as The Elders' work on child marriage, the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, and reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire.


Please note, due to a change of website format, the newsletters below no longer have working links.


Martti Ahtisaari

 

September 2011: Martti Ahtisaari
Featuring the online launch of The Elders' documentary on missing persons in Cyprus, Elders' blogs on why Palestinian reconciliation should be supported, the resumption of talks between North and South Korea and reflecting on the tragic events in Norway.


Graca Machel

 

June 2011: Graça Machel
Graça Machel writes about The Elders' recent meeting in Ethiopia, where, along with Desmond Tutu, Gro Brundtland and Mary Robinson, she met with 70 people from around the world who are working to end child marriage.


Kofi Annan

 

May 2011: Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan reports on The Elders' recent visits to Côte d’Ivoire, where they encouraged reconciliation efforts, and the Korean Peninsula, where they highlighted the growing food crisis and the need for all parties to resume dialogue.


Fernando H Cardoso

 

March 2011: Fernando H Cardoso
Looking ahead to International Women's Day, Fernando H Cardoso reflects on how much still needs to be done to achieve Women's equality, and how men must play their part.


Gro Brundtland

 

February 2011: Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland writes to Elders' supporters about the tumultuous events in Egypt and Tunisia, the launch of The Elders' Cyprus documentary and the historic referendum in South Sudan.


Desmond Tutu

 

January 2011: Desmond Tutu's New Year message
Desmond Tutu reflects on the events of 2010 and the work of The Elders over the year.


Lakhdar Brahimi

 

December 2010: Lakhdar Brahimi
Lakhdar Brahimi informs the Elders supporters of the progress made towards a more unified Palestinian leadership and draws attention to the ways in which the Elders have urged for peace.


Jimmy Carter

 

October 2010: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter  announces the new initiative to end child marriage by forming a global alliance, reports on The Elders' trip to the Middle East, and explains how everyone can show their support to political prisoners in Burma.


Martti Ahtisaari

 

August 2010: Martti Ahtisaari
Martti Ahtisaari reflects on the efforts needed to help the Pakistan flooding crisis and the Sri Lankan reconciliation progress, announces the public retirement of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and thanks The Elders' supporters for their Mandela Day messages.


Desmond Tutu

 

July 2010: Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu writes of The Elders' call for action in Burma to show solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi on her 65th birthday, the announcement of the Every Human Has Rights Campaign, and reiterates The Elders' support for all those involved in the Middle East conflict.


Gro Brundtland

 

June 2010: Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland recounts The Elders' recent meeting in Johannesburg, The Elders' trips to Sudan and Zimbabwe, and the campaign against nuclear weapons proliferation.


Mary Robinson

 

April 2010: Mary Robinson
Thanking The Elders' supporters for their messages concerning equality for girls and women, Mary Robinson clarifies how they can help the organisation, and highlights The Elders' work on Cyprus.


Elders' logo

 

January 2010: New Year Message
On behalf of the Elders, Desmond Tutu offers a message of thanks and well wishes to their supporters, and looks back at The Elders' work from 2009.


Elders' logo

 

December 2009: "Cyprus, climate change and Sri Lanka"
The Elders announce their upcoming trip to Cyprus, their part in the campaign on climate change, their appeal to the Sri Lankan government, and their concern for the people in Sudan.