Gro Brundtland and Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Cyprus at a critical time, just as the second phase of negotiations on reunification of the island began. The Elders met leading women from politics, business and civil society, encouraging them to press for a more active role for women in the peace process. They also met Cypriots working on reconciliation, who are trying to develop a shared understanding of the painful issues of the past.
"The biggest concern is that one day Syrians and everyone else will wake up to find that Syria has been completely destroyed."
Lakhdar Brahimi discusses the conflict in Syria, from the biggest difficulties he faces to what will bring an end to the war, in an in-depth interview with Politically Speaking, the bulletin of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.
The Elders also warn that sending more weapons to Syria will only deepen the crisis
The Elders have been in Washington DC and London this week to discuss the Middle East peace process, meeting with policy experts and high-level officials including US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Minister William Hague.
With the Fatah-Hamas unity deal so far producing little meaningful change for most Palestinians, Lakhdar Brahimi argues that the parties must commit to working together in order to rebuild Gaza, hold credible elections, and present a unified Palestinian voice on the international stage.
Lakhdar Brahimi recently chaired a panel discussion in London with two members of the Goldstone inquiry, Professor Christine Chinkin and Colonel Desmond Travers, a former member of Israel’s Knesset, Ami Ayalon, and Palestinian lawyer Karma Nabulsi. Here, he answers questions from the Elders’ team on some of the issues raised by the speakers and the audience.
In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Elders enlisted their grandchildren to help convey the message that the world must act now to prevent climate catastrophe in the future.
In this article for The Huffington Post, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi write of the threat that failed states pose to international security and call on the international community to support Sudan in its move towards peace and democracy.
Commenting in The Jakarta Post, Lakhdar Brahimi and Edward Mortimer reflect on the end to the conflict in Sri Lanka and examine the conditions which must be fulfilled before the country can move towards a sustained peace.
The Elders met the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and were encouraged by their positive reports of progress at the start of the second phase of peace negotiations. At a press conference at the end of their visit, the Elders also urged the Cypriot media on both sides to play a responsible role in reporting the progress of the talks and in covering efforts to improve cooperation between the two communities.
The Elders call on men and boys, particularly religious and traditional leaders, to change harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls and join the struggle to promote and protect gender equality.
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.