"Because I'm here and I'm poor, this condition could be a death sentence." –Kofi Annan recalls meeting hospital patients as UN Secretary-General
Recognising the vital role health plays in the realisation of the wider Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kofi Annan is joined by fellow Elders Gro Harlem Brundtland and Ernesto Zedillo in this short video calling on governments to honour their commitments.
Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Graça Machel, Hina Jilani, Mary Robinson, Ernesto Zedillo and Kofi Annan explain why The Elders have launched a new initiative to campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
"We do not face a choice between reducing poverty or addressing climate change, as the fossil-fuel companies maintain."
Writing for Project Syndicate, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Graça Machel call on world leaders attending the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in September to commit to putting the words of the Goals into action, justly and effectively.
"Reducing vulnerability to both natural and human-made hazards is the key to building resilient communities and societies."
As the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction takes place, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson call for the Sustainable Development Goals to include provision for those living in areas prone to natural disasters. Published in The Guardian.
"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.
“We now have a golden opportunity to create a new global development framework that both addresses our challenges and fulfils our aspirations.”
Writing for the Skoll World Forum, Gro Harlem Brundtland welcomes the UN report published last month on the post-2015 development agenda, particularly its holistic approach to sustainable development, women's empowerment and eliminating extreme poverty.
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.