The Elders have written to the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in support of her efforts to bring peace and justice to Burundi, and urged her to press for a credible international security presence in the country.
Marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, The Elders' Policy and Advocacy Director Andrew Whitley explains why and how the UN needs to be strengthened to remain robust in responding to today's world.
“This is a country with a long tradition of people living in harmony with each other.”
In remarks at the press conference concluding The Elders’ visit to Myanmar and Thailand on 12–18 December 2014, Gro Harlem Brundtland gives an overview of the trip and outlines the remaining challenges in Myanmar’s transition process.
"Visions of a pluralistic, tolerant and inclusive society, one capable of responding to the wishes and fears of the ethnic minorities, are absent from any of the contenders to lead Myanmar into its next phase of nation-building."
Andrew Whitley, Policy and Advocacy Director at The Elders, blogs about his recent visit to Myanmar.
"Next time a woman becomes Party Leader or Prime Minister of Norway, she will not meet the same problems that I had."
In an in-depth interview with Mayumi Yoshinari for Japanese political affairs magazine Chuo-Koron, Gro Harlem Brundtland discusses everything from the secret of successful leadership to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world.
"If diversity is seen as a source of strength, societies can become healthier, more stable and prosperous."
In a speech at the Global Centre for Pluralism, Kofi Annan discusses the challenges of governing plural societies, promoting inclusive democracy in Kenya, and the moment at which Syria's deadly conflict could have been averted.
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