"Peace in Northern Ireland was hard-won and needs to be protected." – Mary Robinson
Hailing the Good Friday Agreement as an inspiration to others around the world, The Elders warn against the imposition of a "hard border" in the event of the UK leaving the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union after Brexit.
"On too many occasions the UN Security Council has stood by and failed to take effective action" - Kofi Annan
The Elders have urged the governments of 31 countries to do more in the face of mass atrocities, by signing a UN Code of Conduct committing them not to obstruct credible Security Council resolutions designed to halt or prevent these acts.
On 16-18 February, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Ernesto Zedillo attended the annual Munich Security Conference for panel discussions and bilateral meetings on conflict resolution in the Middle East and wider global issues including democracy and globalisation.
“A strong Framework developed under your leadership would send a signal to the rest of the world that Europe is leading in tackling this global challenge and does not stand idly by while people fleeing war and persecution suffer.” - Kofi Annan
The Elders have urged Bulgaria to use its tenure to push for greater action and ambition on refugee resettlement through developing a strong Union Resettlement Framework.
"The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been consistently ill-served by their leaders for decades while the international community has failed to respond effectively to protect their rights." – Kofi Annan
Condemning decades of failure, The Elders call for immediate and concerted action to provide relief and protect rights of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"It is ordinary people who suffer when leaders make rash decisions and deploy inflammatory rhetoric for political goals."
As we face unprecedented global challenges in 2018,Kofi Annan draws lessons from the life of Nelson Mandela, specifically the need for leaders to respect international law, human rights and act with compassion and empathy.
In an interview with AFP on 11 December, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-Moon, Lakhdar Brahimi, Mary Robinson and Gro Harlem Brundtland discuss the lack of global political commitment to tackling the challenges facing the world today.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.