Mary Robinson participated in the Global Philanthropy Forum panel 'Women, Children and Conflict' in Redwood City, California. She described some of the stories she heard from women while on a recent trip to Eastern Chad. She also explained how women who have been affected by conflict are building strength by linking up to find more effective solutions to address poverty, gender-based violence, and gaps in opportunity.
Elder Mary Robinson speaks at The Elders' founding event in Johannesburg, South Africa on 18 July 2007.
Kofi Annan speaks of injustice, poverty and brutality and the failure of leaders who stand by. He hopes that this group will be able to help enemies make peace, and help address the causes of human suffering. He also calls on all of us to ask: what can I do?
President Carter shares his hopes that the Elders will find success through good judgment, dedication and courage.
The Elders' Chair Desmond Tutu reads a letter from fellow Elder Ela Bhatt at The Elders' founding event in Johannesburg, South Africa on 18 July 2007.
Muhammad Yunus says the Elders, as trusted leaders, can provide guidance in a fast-changing world, by reflecting the feelings of the world and looking for ways to make practical changes, whether big or small.
The Elders Chair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes the new organisation as global Elders for the global village - a group that understands the essential interdependence of all human beings.
Graça Machel says The Elders will try to ensure that the voices of those working at community level around the world are heard. "My dream is for us as Elders to get people together, acknowledging our differences, but more importantly, acknowledging the common bonds that tie us and ensuring that people everywhere are able to live the healthy productive lives they deserve."
On his 89th birthday, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of The Elders: a small dedicated group of leaders who will work objectively, free from any vested personal interest, to help address global challenges.