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Encouraging progress towards peace and inclusiveness in Myanmar

Ahead of a crucial year for Myanmar’s transition, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Hina Jilani travelled to Myanmar and Thailand in December 2014. Meeting with members of the government, armed forces, parliament and civil society, the Elders encouraged all parties to help bring about a fair and inclusive society.

Thailand photo: Sarawut Klayklueng | The Elders

Myanmar photos: Kaung Htet | The Elders

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Climate justice: adaptation is the only fair way to tackle climate change

As COP20 concludes, climate consultant Mike Edwards argues that delegates need to consider the need for ‘adaptation’ as well as ‘mitigation’.

In early November 2013, I was in San Francisco teaching a cohort of business graduates a course I had cheerily titled: 'Global Crises'.

As it was early in the course, I was setting the scene with an introduction to climate change.

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It's time to put a price on carbon

Writing in the HuffPost Green, Kofi Annan and Ernesto Zedillo welcome commitments to cut emissions, but warn that the shift to a low-carbon economy will not happen without the accurate pricing of carbon.

"Another failure or further delay would sentence our world to a deeply worrying future."

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Climate change is a gender issue

Mary Robinson is attending the Conference of Parties 20 in Lima, Peru. High on the agenda is gender equality.

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Courage: the vital ingredient for a successful climate conference

Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, makes a plea to delegates to take bold steps for climate change.


Dignitaries at UN Climate Change Conference. Photo: UNFCCC (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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No time for another Copenhagen

Saleemul Huq, Director for the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh, has attended all 19 of the COP meetings since 1995. For COP20 he is optimistic that those at the negotiation table can come to an agreement.


Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary joined by dignitaries at COP 20. Photo: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores - Perú (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Iran nuclear talks: the world needs a positive outcome

Ahead of the approaching deadline, The Elders call on all parties in the Iran nuclear talks to take the necessary actions for an agreement to be reached.

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