"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 express alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated Palestinian land.
"It is deeply regrettable that a nation of immigrants should turn its back so harshly on refugees escaping violence and war." - Kofi Annan
The Elders condemn President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and restricting migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. They call on the United States to provide leadership in line with its honourable historical and humanitarian traditions.
"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 to play an active and concerted role to secure a lasting and just peace for the peoples of Israel and Palestine.
"People deserve honest explanations and answers from their leaders, not obfuscations given in bad faith."
Looking ahead to the hard choices facing the world 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. Published in Newsweek.
Three Elders visited Germany in September 2016 to launch a new report on Refugees and Mass Migration. During the trip they met with political and business leaders, civil society and refugees themselves.
Una carta abierta por parte de nuestro Presidente Kofi Annan al Presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, en la que se elogia su liderazgo en negociar dos acuerdos de paz con los rebeldes de las FARC para poner fin al conflicto más prolongado de Colombia.
In September 2016, Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi visited Germany to launch a new report on refugees and migration. They heard a range of perspectives on the country's response to the crisis, from Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck and business leaders, to civil society groups, volunteers and refugees themselves.
Expressing shock and deep dismay over the latest incident of heavy civilian casualties in Yemen resulting from the Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign, The Elders call on the United States and United Kingdom to take decisive steps to prevent further needless deaths.
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.