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Nelson Mandela is reunited with The Elders

During their biannual meeting in Johannesburg, The Elders are reunited with Nelson Mandela who founded the group in 2007.

PHOTOS: Nelson Mandela is reunited with The Elders three years after he launched the group in Johannesburg.

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Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu Mary Robinson, Neslon Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi
The Elders with Nelson Mandela Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu

Nelson Mandela, who founded The Elders in 2007, met members of the group on Saturday 29 May 2010 at a private lunch in Johannesburg. The Elders, tasked by Mandela to be “a fiercely independent and robust force for good” are holding one of their regular meetings in South Africa.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of the group said: “It gives us such a strong sense of purpose and determination to sit with dear Madiba who brought us all together. We take his moral courage and his vision as our guide, to do what we can to address major causes of human suffering around the world."

About The Elders

The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair). Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi are honorary Elders.

As eminent global leaders who no longer hold public office, they can speak and act independently. In the past three years they have used their voices to turn global attention to the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe and have called on religious and traditional leaders to join the fight for equality for women and girls.

They have made several visits to Cyprus to support efforts to reunite the divided island. They have also visited Sudan, Israel and the West Bank to highlight the impact of prolonged conflict on ordinary people.

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Media contacts:

Katy Cronin
Communications Director, The Elders
+27 (0)73 010 9852 (temporary local mobile) 

In South Africa:
Stephen Laufer
+27 83 444 2739
+ 27 11 486 3442

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