Six Elders were in Moscow in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin and Russian officials to hear their approach to a variety of current geopolitical crises, in particular the situation in Ukraine.
While in Moscow last month on an Elders' visit, Kofi Annan shared with Kommersant’s Elena Chernenko his impressions of the meeting with President Putin, The Elders’ advice on achieving a settlement in Ukraine and the consequences of failing to reform the UN Security Council.
In the wake of Israel’s re-election of Benyamin Netanyahu in March, the Elders call for all players regional and international to re-examine the two-state solution and to redouble efforts to find a path to peace for Israel and Palestine.
"These four proposals... form an essential starting point for the UN to recover its authority. And we call on the world’s peoples to insist that their governments accept them."
Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland call for the United Nations to be strengthened. Writing in an opinion piece published around the world, they outline four ways to make the organisation more effective.
"Fears can lead us to retreat behind barricades, turn our backs on those in need, and persecute those we see as a threat… We need to let our leaders know that if they have the courage to do the right thing, then we will support them"
"Another failure or further delay would sentence our world to a deeply worrying future."
Writing in the HuffPost Green, Kofi Annan and Ernesto Zedillo welcome commitments to cut emissions, but warn that the shift to a low-carbon economy will not happen without the accurate pricing of carbon.
In letters to West African leaders, Kofi Annan expresses his solidarity with the populations affected by Ebola, and calls on the global community to take a stronger response to control and reverse the disease.
"The task for leaders and citizens alike is to dare to follow his example."
Writing in the Financial Times, Kofi Annan argues that the most important lesson of Nelson Mandela's life is that each one of us – and not just visionary leaders – must play a role building just, equal societies.
Kofi Annan visited Côte d’Ivoire last month to assess the country’s progress since the post-election violence of 2010-11. While welcoming promising signs of economic recovery, he urged Ivorians to work together to build an inclusive future and prepare for peaceful elections in 2015.
Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel planned to travel to Zimbabwe in November 2008 in order to make a first-hand assessment of the humanitarian situation in the country. Following their refused entry into Zimbabwe, the Elders instead met leaders from politics, business, international organisations and civil society in Johannesburg, South Africa, many of whom travelled from Zimbabwe to see them.
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.