The Elders discuss what they mean by 'speaking truth to power’, and how their status as Elders allows them to – as Jimmy Carter put it – “go where we please, meet with whom we choose, and say what we believe."
"We are convinced that Iran can be a key factor for stability and opportunity in the region." Kofi Annan
After a series of meetings with the country’s leadership, The Elders are encouraged by Iran’s new spirit of openness and dialogue with the outside world and look forward to further engagement in the region.
“States that tighten their borders encourage desperate people to take greater risks to cross them.”
Urging governments to rethink their immigration policies, Kofi Annan calls for a more compassionate approach to those seeking refuge or economic opportunities abroad. First published in Project Syndicate.
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.