The Elders warn against US, Russian nuclear strategy escalation

The Elders warn against provocative statements from the United States and Russia and urge the leaders of both countries to work together to avoid a dangerous escalation of nuclear tensions.

"I urge the leaders of Russia and the United States to work together in the common interests of peace and humanity." - Martti Ahtisaari
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Elders at the Munich Security Conference 2018

On 16-18 February, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Ernesto Zedillo attended the annual Munich Security Conference for panel discussions and bilateral meetings on conflict resolution in the Middle East and wider global issues including democracy and globalisation.

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The Elders hold talks with Saudi Arabia’s leaders on regional security

On their first official visit to Saudi Arabia, The Elders welcomed domestic reforms, and urged meaningful dialogue with its neighbours to resolve regional security crises.

"It is time for key stakeholders across the Middle East to take responsibility for conflict resolution in the region.” – Lakhdar Brahimi
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Media Advisory: The Elders to visit Saudi Arabia from 25-28 February 2018

Kofi Annan leads The Elders’ first delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss current social and economic reforms and security issues across the Middle East.


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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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The Elders condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital as grave risk to peace

The Elders condemn US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a grave threat to peace across the Middle East.

“There will be no lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians unless both parties’ rights and claims are respected in the historic city of Jerusalem.” –Kofi Annan.

View of Jerusalem (Credit: Muath Khatib / The Elders)

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The Elders stand in solidarity with Pope Francis on peace, refugees, climate

The Elders met His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday 6 November to express their appreciation and support for his work on global peace, refugees and migration, and climate change.

"Pope Francis has shown great moral leadership on the crucial issues of our time."

Lakhdar Brahimi, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Ricardo Lagos meet Pope Francis in November 2017. (Credit: Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano)

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The Elders call for restraint and reforms after Kenyan elections

The Elders express grave concern about the political crisis in Kenya. They urge political leaders and their parties to demonstrate statesmanship to avoid further deepening the polarisation of Kenyan society.

The Elders expressed grave concern about the political crisis in Kenya that has erupted in the wake of the recent presidential election.

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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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