“We all talk about climate change. I have a sense that people don't take it seriously.” Kofi Annan
Joined by fellow Elders Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo, Kofi Annan calls on world leaders to take action on climate change ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit 2014.
“I have to persuade world leaders that we need a robust, fair climate agreement that keeps us on a pathway below two degrees Celsius. We’re not on that pathway now.”
In an interview with RTE News, Mary Robinson discusses Gaza, her new role as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change, and why we urgently need to move to renewable energy – and do so equitably.
Inspired by the legacy of our founder, Nelson Mandela, The Elders are marking Mandela Day 2014 with the launch of a new video series on ethical leadership.
"It's something like the word ubuntu: I am because you are."
As we celebrate Mandela Day 2014, Mary Robinson offers her thoughts on the universal values that bring people together.
What is the role of the media in promoting peace – without taking sides in a conflict? Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson discussed this question at last week's Elders debate in Oxford.
How should the international community promote universal human rights, while respecting cultural differences? Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson discussed this question during the Elders debate in Oxford last week.
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."
At an Elders debate in Oxford last week, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson respond to questions about climate change and urge young people to mobilise ahead of a major climate conference in Paris in 2015.
Why are The Elders focusing on climate change? Which countries are showing real leadership on the issue? And how can young people mobilise fellow citizens and push their leaders to take stronger action?
Jimmy Carter and Hina Jilani discussed these questions and more with students and climate activists on Tuesday.
The Elders are deeply saddened by the death of their founder Nelson Mandela, and join millions around the world who were inspired by his courage and touched by his compassion.