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The Elders' Debate on BBC Global – the highlights

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Watch the #EldersDebate

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Hearing the Russian perspective

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In pursuit of peace: The Elders’ visit to Israel and Palestine

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Media advisory: The Elders visit Israel & Palestine from 29 April - 2 May 2015

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Why The Elders are returning to Israel and Palestine

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Media advisory: The Elders to visit Russia from 27-29 April 2015

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Israel and Palestine: the path to peace

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'Rebuild Gaza, and avert the next war'

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“You cannot have sustainable peace without women”

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The Elders urge international support for interim Palestinian government

Opinion

Women live in a profoundly different, more dangerous world

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Listening to the people transforming Myanmar

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The only US president who didn’t wage war

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Glimmers of hope: Elders talk peace in Washington and London

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“Hope is fading for a two-state solution”: Elders in the Middle East"

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Egypt in transition: Elders visit Cairo

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The Elders' visit to Cyprus

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Crisis in Zimbabwe

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Inspiring positive action for Mandela Day

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Five years of working together for peace and human rights: The Elders in London

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A cruel and unusual record

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Mission to Sudan

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The making of The Elders' documentary

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The Elders in North and South Korea

Jimmy Carter

“One of the basic requirements of an Elder is that we are political has-beens – we no longer have power. So we have the ability to represent the principles that do not change, like peace and freedom and justice. The Elders, individually and collectively, go where we please, meet with whom we choose, and say what we believe."

Former US President

“We kept our country at peace. We never went to war. We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. But still we achieved our international goals."

Nobel Peace Laureate

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children”

Advocate for Middle East peace

“Peace deals were possible in 1978 and 1993. They still are today, but time is running out and hard decisions need to be made very soon.”

Challenging patriarchy

“The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth.”

Jimmy Carter biography

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.
  • 39th President of the United States of America 1977-1981
  • Nobel Peace Laureate 2002
  • Founder of the Carter Center
  • Author of 28 books
"We need to form partnerships with people and organisations already there, doing outstanding work."
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Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General, former South-Korean Foreign Minister and diplomat; he sought to give voice to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people by putting Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and gender equality at the top of the UN agenda.

Ela Bhatt

Elder Emeritus

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando H Cardoso

Elder Emeritus

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Elder Emeritus

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile; tenacious fighter for democracy and human rights; implemented health reform; and reduced economic inequality while diversifying Chile’s external trade in the era of globalisation.

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Elder Emeritus

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.

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