Six Elders were in Moscow in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin and Russian officials to hear their approach to a variety of current geopolitical crises, in particular the situation in Ukraine.
Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland return to the Middle East this week, meeting with senior Palestinian and Israeli officials, civil society and NGOs to support the two-state solution and highlight Gaza's humanitarian crisis.
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."
The US-led Middle East peace talks were suspended on 29 April. Writing in The Washington Post, Jimmy Carter argues that reconciliation between Palestinian factions could provide an opportunity for a new round of negotiations.
"Our question to everyone on this visit has been: what kind of democracy do you envisage?" – Jimmy Carter
The Elders have concluded their first visit to Myanmar. After hearing from leaders and civil society representatives, they express their support for the country’s peaceful political transition and their anticipation of further engagement in the region.
"Where is the outcry?" Jimmy Carter expresses his disappointment at the reluctance of political leaders to take bold action and argues that Arab countries have the potential to break the Middle East stalemate.
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.