"With their experience, and their profound commitment to building a better world – let us call them global Elders." Nelson Mandela
In July 2007, Nelson Mandela brought together The Elders, independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. This video shows their work to promote equality for women and girls, amplify the voices of young people, highlight humanitarian crises and support peace-building initiatives around the world.
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.
"There is good reason for young people in our world today to protest" – Mary Robinson
In part two of their ethical leadership debate, the Elders discuss accountability and governance in Africa, egalitarianism, and the role of protest movements worldwide.
"To be bold; to have the courage of your convictions; and to think long-term, not short-term or for political expedience; those are characteristics common to good leaders." Gro Harlem Brundtland
The Elders partner with Al Jazeera's South2North programme for a public debate on ethical leadership.
“Child brides have no say in when or whom they marry. They usually drop out of school and miss out on the opportunities they need to thrive.”
Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, a new video from Girls Not Brides shows how child marriage holds girls back, and how we can work together to end it.
On Desmond Tutu's 82nd birthday, Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan delivers the 2013 Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture. Watch the speech here.
"With political will, appropriate investments, and programmes tailored to local settings, we can bring an end to child marriage by 2030."
With discussions underway about the post-2015 development framework, Graça Machel, Gunilla Carlsson and Emilia Pires write in The Lancet that to address global poverty, we need to invest in girls.
"The United States should support Russia’s proposal that Syria’s chemical weapons be placed under UN control. A military strike by the United States is undesirable and will become unnecessary if this alternative proposal is strongly supported by the UN Security Council."
Writing in the Washington Post, Jimmy Carter argues that concerted international action is the only way of ensuring that Syrian chemical weapons will not be used again.
“Empowerment is not a thing that can be given or taken back… when women do things, then that brings the empowerment.”
In a video interview with UNICEF, Ela Bhatt discusses how she thinks child marriage can be stopped, how women can be empowered, and how much the status of women in India has progressed.
“When I see Obama, I will tell him: one good speech is not enough to get a Nobel Peace Prize.” Martti Ahtisaari
Following high-level meetings in Washington and London, the Elders held a public debate on the future of the two-state solution. Welcoming John Kerry’s efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, they called for full support from both the US President and the international community.