"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
"We desperately need fact-based, evidence-based science to determine the global policy agenda." –Mary Robinson
In an era of cynicism within politics and the media, Mary Robinson calls for evidence-based science to determine the global policy agenda and expresses solidarity with climate scientists and those on the frontlines of climate change.
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.
"Our success hinges on our ability to work towards new partnerships based on - as the 2030 Agenda states - a spirit of global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable"- Mary Robinson
“These famines are an affront to our common humanity." Mary Robinson
Condemning the famines threatening South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen as a damning symptom of political failure, The Elders call on the international community to commit substantial resources to the humanitarian relief efforts.
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.
To mark International Women’s Day 2017, we highlight five perspectives on how to achieve gender equality, including on maintaining the momentum in challenging times and the importance of engaging men and boys.
"Climate displacement is already happening and this is a big security threat. It is time that the Security Council has a formal discussion on climate change and security." –Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson joins a panel debate on climate change and security at the Munich Security Conference 2017. Speaking alongside senior politicians from Finland, Bangladesh, Sweden and the US, she calls for leadership, including at the UN Security Council.
"If we are to have any hope of making any constructive progress in 2017, all responsible politicians, civil society and business leaders must stand firm and reassert our basic, common values of dignity for all."
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.