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Rest in peace tata mandela
caiphus Ndlovu
Hammanskraal
Your message
The most impressive man of my generation has passed away. He taught us what responsible leadership means. We owe it to him that we will try to follow his example.
Martti Ahtisaari
Finland
Your message
RIP Tata your legacy will be remebered by people over the world. You are the father of nations as was promised like Abraham, WE LOVE YOU TATA MADIBA
Thabitha Thobane
South Africa
Your message
“Thank you God, for this wonderful gift who became a moral colossus, a global icon of forgiveness and reconciliation. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Desmond Tutu
South Africa
Your message
Rest in Peace Tata we will always LOVE you and support your duties loving, discipline to your south Africans. Tata you taught us how to forgive and not to forget where we come from with this journey
Thabitha Thobane
South Africa
Your message
27 yeas of imprisonment 67yrs of fighting we lost our father, mentor, fighter, may soul rest in peace
bellah moropodi
south africa (sebokeng)
Your message
may your great soul rest in peace.
puleng & kgosi
south africa
Your message
The only way we can ever reach some sort of peace is when each of us look at the person or persons in our own life that we dislike for whatever reason, and treat them with respect.
Patrik
Sweden
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Nelson Mandela is reunited with the Elders

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Nelson Mandela launches The Elders

Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Founder of The Elders

“This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. Together they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.” 

Former President of South Africa

“I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.”

Nobel Peace Laureate

“It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.” 

Nelson Mandela biography

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.
  • First President of post-apartheid South Africa 1994-1999
  • Nobel Peace Laureate 1993
  • Founder of The Elders and Honorary Elder
  • Imprisoned for 27 years for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle
"This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. Together they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair."
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Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General, former South-Korean Foreign Minister and diplomat; he sought to give voice to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people by putting Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and gender equality at the top of the UN agenda.

Ela Bhatt

Elder Emeritus

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando H Cardoso

Elder Emeritus

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Elder Emeritus

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile; tenacious fighter for democracy and human rights; implemented health reform; and reduced economic inequality while diversifying Chile’s external trade in the era of globalisation.

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Elder Emeritus

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.

News

Mandela Day 2014: how will you be an ethical leader?

Your message
Don't you think now it is the time to move toward people in so called UN that in there real people do not have a voice and is only represents the Governments (UG but not UN).
Hooshang Hazrati
Iran
Your message
the greatest leader on earth ...who formed THE ELDERS..org to help the world ..to give global peace...global unity. we expect the elders org to enroll us as guest member . ..visit..eldercarecentre.in.
elder care centre
chennai.. india
Your message
In ieder is God aanwezig. Bij Nelson Mandela toonde hij zich totaal. God = Liefde Zijn mogelijkheid om zijn vijanden te begrijpen en te vergeven is Onvoorwaardelijke Liefde
Nathalie van Iersel
Grote Brogel (België)
Opinion

Nelson Mandela: breaking the shackles of revenge

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Great Lucky political prisoner!But one is always left to wonder what if the British who interned him were not so magnanimous as to give him all the opportunities he made use of!God Bless his Soul !
Realist
London
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#MyMandela is the one who granted me freedom of my dignity... I should fight for my dignity...
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@TheElders #NelsonMandela encompasses everything that is good, in a world that is badly in need of goodness.. #MyMandela
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#MyMandela-I was honored to shake hands with Tata. A moment I'll never forget. May ur warm and forgiving spirit live on in us all. RIP Tata.
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@hecticnine9 #mymandela Left us with love....
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"Mandela's most important lesson was that he never sought power for the sake of power." @KofiAnnan http://t.co/FUIjyL3Y… #MyMandela
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We all have a Mandela inside of us. It's up to us if we listen to it & act on it. Thank U Madiba for being a great example 2 me. #MyMandela
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He did his first freedom speech in Cape Town and he makes his only freedom exit in Pretoria. Even in death he is fair #MyMandela
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@hecticnine9 #myMandela comouflaged his life so tht we can be who we are 2dae , a uniting South Africa......
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@TheElders "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for a hermitage" #MyMandela #Madiba
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President @BarackObama: "Like Martin Luther King, #Madiba gave a voice to the oppressed" #MandelaMemorial #RIPNelsonMandela #MyMandela

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