How Massachusetts can blaze a trail for climate action

Writing in the Boston Globe, Mary Robinson praises Boston and the state of Massachusetts –and the role of local activism– for its record on climate action. She commends it as a model for the rest of the United States in the absence of bold or enlightened leadership at a national level.

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Who pays the costs of climate change? In the United States, it might be the oil industry.

Katie Redford, Co-founder and Director of environmental justice group EarthRights International outlines how litigation against the fossil fuel industry can help achieve a fairer solution to the question of who pays for climate change.

View of the Suncor Refinery in Colorado, USA (Credit: Steven Bratman/Flickr)

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The Elders demand Israel respects international law to stop further Gaza protest killings

The Elders call on the Israeli Government to fully comply with international humanitarian law and respect the right to peaceful protest of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government should exercise the utmost restraint and care over the coming weeks, to avoid further deaths." –Kofi Annan.
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#WalkTogether to #FightInequality: a growing movement for systemic change

Reflections from the past month's #WalkTogether events and the increasing momentum to tackle economic inequality and achieve a more equitable world. 


Attendees of the Skoll World Forum Walk Together in Oxford (Credit: The Elders #WalkTogether)

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Livestream: #WalkTogether to Fight Inequality

The Elders will join the Fight Inequality Alliance and Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at the LSE, on Tuesday 17 April to honour grassroots movements working to end inequality.


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Celebrating the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice

As this year’s International Women’s Day approaches, Hina Jilani reflects on the impressive achievements of global women’s protest movements over the past year and the barriers that remain to overcome.

"Despite facing intimidation, women across the world are increasingly standing up to these injustices and demanding their rights be respected, joining together online and taking to the streets to push for change."

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The Elders mourn the death of Asma Jahangir

The Elders' statement on the untimely death of Pakistani lawyer and internationally respected human rights defender Asma Jahangir.

"She spoke truth to power, and power was forced to listen." –Kofi Annan.

Asma Jahangir (Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré)

The Elders are deeply saddened at the untimely death of Pakistani lawyer and human rights defender Asma Jahangir. 

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Climate justice: a civil rights movement with those most affected at its heart

Mary Robinson calls for global solidarity and empathy with those most affected by climate change, putting the most vulnerable at the heart of decision making and urges a shift to a ‘1.5 degree mindset’.

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Making migration work for all: developing a human rights-focused approach

Mary Robinson calls on the international community to agree new ways of managing migration that recognise the realities of our globalised world, respects and protects human dignity, and shares the responsibility and benefits of integrating new migrants in a just and sustainable manner.

"This situation is not sustainable."

Protest against the Executive Order in Washington DC in February 2017 (Credit: Flickr/Ted Eytan)

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Citizen power can generate the political will for Universal Health Coverage

Ricardo Lagos reflects on his experience as President of Chile, highlighting the vital role of citizen demand to generate the political commitment needed to realise health for all at the UHC Forum public event in Tokyo.


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Good evening my dear friends,

After all we have listened to during the day and here this evening, the different personal stories, it is extremely difficult to conclude and to make this closing statement.

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