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The Elders launch #WalkTogether campaign in Cape Town

In July 2017, The Elders and civil society partners launched #WalkTogether: a global campaign to spark hope in the world and to encourage communities to work together and bridge the global fault lines of division, hate and xenophobia.

 

Photos: The Elders #WalkTogether

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Achieving #HealthForAll in Tanzania: The Elders' visit to promote UHC

In July 2017, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson visited Tanzania to promote progress towards Universal Health Coverage. 

Photos: 1- The Elders | 2-8 Ibrahim Joseph/The Elders | 9- The Elders

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Achievements, Ambition and Action: Elders promote UHC in Tanzania

Graça Machel and Mary Robinson visited Tanzania in July 2017 to learn about and encourage progress towards Universal Health Coverage.


Graça Machel and Mary Robinson visit Mpamatwa Village, Tanzania in July 2017 (Credit: Ibrahim Joseph/The Elders)

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Anger and inspiration: what District Six can teach South Africa’s young generation

Writing ahead of International Youth Day, student volunteer Jordan Pieters reflects on The Elders' visit to District Six and the crucial role the museum plays in confronting historic and contemporary injustice in post-apartheid South Africa. 

"The ‘Rainbow Nation’ was a dream that we never woke up from. There have been steps in the right direction... baby steps at best."

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Why we must Walk Together for our global freedoms

Ricardo Lagos reflects on the launch of the Walk Together campaign and calls for sustained commitment to counter the threats that face global freedoms today.

"The challenges we face today are no less daunting than those of ten years ago."


Ricardo Lagos speaks at the launch of the Walk Together campaign, in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2017. (Credit: The Elders | #WalkTogether)

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The global rise of nationalism is a threat to Nelson Mandela’s achievements

Writing in The Guardian to mark The Elders' tenth anniversary, Graça Machel defends human rights for making our democracy stronger and calls for threats to democratic freedoms to be challenged by bipartisan politics based on truth and tolerance. 

"The need to continue working towards protecting freedoms around the world is as important today as it ever has been."

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#WalkTogether campaign launch – livestream

On 18 July, The Elders marked their 10th birthday by launching #WalkTogether – a global campaign to help bridge the global faultlines of division, hate and xenophobia. Watch the livestream here.

 

On 18 July, The Elders marked their 10th birthday by launching #WalkTogether – a global campaign to help bridge the global fault lines of division, hate and xenophobia.

Watch the livestream, as we continue Mandela’s long walk to freedom.

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Mandela's vision for a better world

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.

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10 Years Young, 100 Years Courageous

Reflecting on our past achievement and future commitments, Graça Machel invites you all to celebrate The Elders' 10th anniversary on July 18 by joining the Walk Together campaign and continuing Madiba's long walk to freedom.

"We have all come a long way in the past decade, but our long walk to freedom, following in Madiba’s footsteps, will continue." - Graça Machel


The Elders with their founder Nelson Mandela

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Climate inaction: an unconscionable betrayal of future generations

Following The Elders' board meeting, Martti Ahtisaari reflects on the importance of maintaining multilateralism at the heart of international relations in order to overcome today's greatest challenges, particularly climate change.

"If emissions, temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, large parts of Earth could become literally uninhabitable. I believe this would be an unconscionable betrayal of future generations" - Martti Ahtisaari

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