Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Graça Machel, Hina Jilani, Mary Robinson, Ernesto Zedillo and Kofi Annan explain why The Elders have launched a new initiative to campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
We have been refugees in Lebanon for 5 years, is there any hope for peace? – Refugee from Homs, Syria.
From alternative pathways to safety and resettlement to the prospect of peace in Syria, refugees in the Middle East have many questions about their future. Elders Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi join Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to offer some answers.
"We don't just believe change is possible. We know."
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One year on from the launch of our ‘UN Fit for Purpose’ initiative at the Munich Security Conference, The Elders and our partners continue to press for change. This photo-story highlights progress to date and looks ahead to the work remaining in this crucial year.
The Elders have written to the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in support of her efforts to bring peace and justice to Burundi, and urged her to press for a credible international security presence in the country.
The Elders congratulate the signatories of the COP21 climate deal in Paris for reaching “an agreement for humanity” which, if implemented fully and in good faith, could herald a turning point in the fight against climate change, poverty and injustice.
Establish secure legal channels of migration to reduce the vulnerability of people to smugglers...
The Elders urge European leaders to show political courage over the refugee crisis in a debate with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration Bill Swing.
“You cannot stop migration. If you don't have an organised and legal way for migrants to come, you push them into the hands of criminals and people smugglers.” – Kofi Annan
On 27 October, The Elders will debate the lessons of the ongoing Syrian Refugee Crisis with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Director General of the International Organization of Migration. Follow on Twitter: #RefugeeCrisis
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