“To talk about ‘ethical leadership’ is to speak from experience, not because you were a perfect leader but because you were thrust into difficult situations, and maybe you helped to see humanity prevail.”
Writing in the Cape Times, Desmond Tutu reflects on the role of The Elders in situations of conflict and asks: 'where are today's ethical leaders?'
"In our failure to ensure that people in Syria are getting the food and basic supplies they need, we condemn children to hunger on top of the horrors of war."
Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Desmond Tutu highlights how Syria's civil war is exposing families to extreme deprivation. He urges world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly this week to ensure life-saving aid reaches those in need.
After Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa conclude their two-day summit with a strong statement on the urgent need for humanitarian access in Syria, The Elders welcome their call, urging the five leaders to work with all parties to facilitate the work of humanitarian groups.
In July, the Elders travelled to South Sudan and witnessed first-hand the humanitarian crisis taking place in the region. They welcome the generosity of the Omidyar family in donating funds towards improving the refugee situation in South Sudan, as well as the recent move by governments and international organisations to increase humanitarian aid to the region.
“It is critical to reach an agreement with Syrian authorities on securing humanitarian access inside Syria and to ensure that funds are available to respond to the needs on the ground.”
Five members of The Elders have joined leading humanitarian organisations to highlight the plight of the more than 1.5 million displaced people inside Syria, who have been driven from their homes by conflict.
Desmond Tutu issues a statement following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, calling on governments and individuals around the world to lend support to the country's people in the months and years ahead.
Lakhdar Brahimi assesses the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka and argues that the international community must not stand by idly while an estimated 150,000 civilians are trapped in a death zone. This article first appeared in The International Herald Tribune.