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How Nelson Mandela's legacy can help us #WalkTogether towards a freer, fairer world

2018 marks 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth. Graça Machel and Richard Branson reflect on global challenges and call on individuals to #WalkTogether for a freer, fairer world. First published in The Economist's The World in 2018.

"If politicians fail to provide adequate answers, ordinary citizens themselves must speak out."

Graça Machel and Richard Branson in South Africa in July 2017. (Credit: The Elders #WalkTogether)

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Livestream: Health for all: Rising for our right to Universal Health Coverage

On 14 December, Ricardo Lagos joined world leaders, youth advocates and civil society to call for all political leaders to make Universal Health Coverage their top priority at the Universal Health Coverage Forum's public event in Tokyo.

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#WalkTogether for Health for All: bringing the global debate to the US

Joining policymakers, health professionals and civil society partners on 8 November in New York, Ban Ki-moon and Gro Brundtland called for courageous political leadership to ensure that when it comes to health coverage, no American is left behind.

 
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Progressive leaders must #WalkTogether for Health For All in the United States

Addressing a historic gathering of policymakers, health professionals and civil society in New York on 8 November, Gro Harlem Brundtland called for progressive leaders to lead the charge and promote policies that bring people together to deliver universal health coverage in the United States.

"I am an optimist and I believe that in the next decade, we will see America make the same transition to a publicly financed health system." –Gro Harlem Brundtland

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#WalkTogether for Health: building momentum in the US and around the world

On 8 November, Ban Ki-moon and Gro Brundtland will #WalkTogether for Health for All at the historic Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Follow the event on Twitter from 16:30 EST.

"A citizen movement for Health for All is gaining steam in the US and around the world."

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Everyone must ensure a more peaceful world for future generations

Following his first Elders' board meeting and conversation with the British Council's future young leaders, Ban Ki-moon reflects on the need to ensure a more peaceful world to allow younger generations to meet their potential to the fullest extent.

 

Ban Ki-moon and Ricardo Lagos walking from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square in London on 23 October. (Credit: The Elders)

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The Elders and young leaders #WalkTogether through London for global peace

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.

"We stand here today in London and across the world as a sea of human dignity defenders." –Graça Machel


Six Elders walked from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square in London on 23 October. (Credit: The Elders)

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The Elders call on Myanmar to allow return of displaced Rohingya

The Elders urge the government of Myanmar and military leaders to end all military operations and to fully implement the final report of the Rakhine Commission in order to allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya to return to their homes.

The Elders today called on Myanmar’s government and military leaders to end all military operations in Rakhine State, and allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh and other countries to return.

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Solidarity must be at the heart of our Walk Together

Reflecting on the power of solidarity and empathy, Ernesto Zedillo urges people to take action and demand that leaders end the suffering of victims of natural disasters, conflicts and violence across the world.

"If International Peace Day is to mean anything, we all have to take responsibility and demand urgent action of our leaders to end the suffering of victims of war across the world."

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Livestream: how can global citizens #WalkTogether to foster peace?

Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo join Emmanuel Jal at "We The Future" to mark the International Day of Peace. Join the conversation by tweeting #tellTheElders and watch the livestream.

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