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The Elders call for end to Gulf brinkmanship, urge Iran to continue to abide by JCPOA

The Elders call on all states to refrain from any actions or rhetoric that could further inflame tensions in the Gulf region and the wider Middle East. All concerned must encourage Iran to continue to abide by its commitments under the nuclear deal reached with the international community in 2015.

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The Elders' statement on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The Elders welcome today’s ruling that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen have been unlawful. The UK must now stop supplying arms that can be used in violation of international humanitarian law.

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The Elders call on Egypt’s al-Sisi to uphold AU commitments on Sudan transition

The Elders call on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, current Chair of the African Union, to clearly and unequivocally uphold the AU’s commitment to an inclusive, democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan following the recent killings of protesters.

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The Elders welcome Ethiopia’s political reforms and urge full respect for rule of law

The Elders welcomed the wide-ranging reforms in Ethiopia introduced by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and called on all leaders in the country to uphold the rule of law, foster a sense of national unity and defend the rights of refugees and displaced people.

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The Elders reaffirm support for Colombia’s peace process

The Elders today reaffirmed their support for the historic peace deal between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and urged President Ivan Duque to continue to work for its full implementation.

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The Elders welcome Ethiopia’s commitment to primary health care and digital innovation

During their biannual board meeting being held in Addis Ababa, The Elders met Ethiopia’s State Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, to learn more about the country’s efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. 

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Media Advisory: The Elders to visit Ethiopia from 19-22 May

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The Elders will visit Ethiopia from 19-22 May for a series of meetings with senior political leaders and representatives of the African Union to discuss regional political developments and security issues.

The Elders are holding their biannual board meeting in Addis Ababa. They will also visit refugee communities and health workers in Ethiopia, as part of their support for global efforts to tackle forced displacement and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Ban Ki-moon: The UK must commit to go carbon neutral by 2050

The Elders welcome the recommendations of the UK’s Climate Change Committee. Committing the UK to become carbon neutral by 2050 will send a clear message to other G20 nations and beyond that the UK truly is a leader on climate action.

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The Elders urge peaceful transition to civilian rule in Sudan

A Sudanese protester holds a national flag outside the defense ministry compound in Khartoum

The Elders today called upon Sudan’s interim military rulers to respect the wishes of the Sudanese people and commit publicly to a swift transition to civilian rule. As the African Union prepares to discuss the issue of Sudan, the Elders urged it to stand firm on the need for civilian rule, and to insist on a transfer of power as soon as possible.

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The Elders welcome China’s commitment to multilateralism and dialogue on rights and development, following meeting with President Xi Jinping

Mary Robinson, Ban Ki-moon, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ricardo Lagos and Ernesto Zedillo were in Beijing to meet with the President of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and other senior leaders. 

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