Graça Machel says The Elders will try to ensure that the voices of those working at community level around the world are heard. "My dream is for us as Elders to get people together, acknowledging our differences, but more importantly, celebrating the common bonds that tie us and ensuring that people everywhere are able to live the healthy productive lives they deserve."
To begin the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Elders and partners launch a campaign for one billion people around the world to pledge their support for fundamental rights and freedoms.
On International Women's Day, The Elders advocate women's involvement in peace-building in Kenya, arguing that much more must be done to promote women's leadership and protect women's rights worldwide.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Graça Machel join their fellow African civil society leaders to urge an end to violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe ahead of the presidential run-off elections.
Desmond Tutu, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel, who visited Sudan in 2007 on The Elders' first mission, join the call for states to provide peacekeepers with helicopters in the Darfur region of Sudan.
More than 1,400 women will die today as a result of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Graça Machel examines this humanitarian crisis and explores what we can do to stop it. This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph.
The Elders cancel their trip to Harare, where they had planned to listen to ordinary Zimbabweans and assess the extent of the country's humanitarian needs, after the government of Zimbabwe refused to cooperate in any way to make the visit possible.
The Elders present the results of their 3-day assessment of Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation and recommend the formation of a truly inclusive government, as well as international donor support, to tackle the crisis.
Following the MDC's announcement that it will join a government of national unity, The Elders call on all Zimbabweans to unite to end the terrible suffering in their country, and urge international donors to support this development.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.