"We stand here today in London and across the world as a sea of human dignity defenders." –Graça Machel
On 23 October, six Elders joined young leaders in a walk through central London for peace, tolerance and solidarity. They then joined members of the British Council's Future Leaders Connect programme for a panel discussion.
"Palestinians have rights and they also have the right to fight for their rights."
On 26 October, Lakhdar Brahimi joined a panel discussion at Chatham House, marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. Read his opening remarks in which he reflects on Britain's responsibility for political developments in the region since 1917 and the right of the Palestinian people to fight against injustice.
Lakhdar Brahimi to join Chatham House panel on 26 October, marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration – a promise that immeasurably altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and one whose political and social impact is felt to this day.
The Elders warmly welcome the reconciliation agreement reached by Fatah and Hamas as an essential step towards the full reunification of the West Bank and Gaza, keeping alive prospects for the peaceful emergence of a Palestinian state.
This short documentary tells the story of The Elders' first ten years. Featuring previously unseen footage of their initial meeting with their founder, Nelson Mandela, the Elders reflect on Madiba's mandate, the group's formation and impact and how they will continue Mandela's long walk to freedom.
"Consensus is not easy to create, but it is the only way forward." – Gro Harlem Brundtland
Following a meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson addressed global challenges including multilateralism, climate change and conflict at the UN Noon Briefing on 9 May.
On 9 May, Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson will speak about the importance of multilateralism at the IPI in New York. Watch the livestream here and follow on Twitter: #EldersIPI
The Elders have written to G20 leaders to call for bold and decisive action on climate change, particularly to meet their commitment to end fossil fuel subsidies. They also urged leaders to take more steps to provide climate finance, ahead of the next meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on 20-21 April.
"The tools at the UN’s disposal would have been sufficient to secure peace but only had the sides involved been willing to compromise. They were not."
Writing in UNA-UK's magazine, Lakhdar Brahimi critiques the UN's diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict, reiterating the role of Member States in empowering the UN to succeed and the parties to the conflict being willing to compromise.
Four Elders attended the annual Munich Security Conference in February 2017 to tackle several contemporary challenges including the Iran Nuclear Agreement, climate security and the refugees and migration crises.
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.