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Elders’ Visit to UNGA High-Level Week, New York, 17-22 September 2016

Four Elders visited New York in September 2016 to attend events in and around the UN General Assembly, including on refugees and migration, Universal Health Coverage and UN reform.

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Kofi Annan discusses UHC with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo

Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan holds talks with Indonesian President Joko Widowi ahead of the Bali Democracy Forum, with discussion focusing on key topics including Universal Health Coverage.

 

Kofi Annan discusses UHC with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Credit: Kofi Annan Foundation)

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We need to safeguard civic space

Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General of CIVICUS, marks Human Rights Day by reflecting on civil society's successes and challenges, noting the declining space for citizens to organise and mobilise and calling for the need to construct a progressive narrative around freedom of movement and human rights.

"Even as people are building walls and closing borders, we need to construct a progressive narrative around freedom of movement and human rights."

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Acting together to secure a sustainable future

In a world of rising intolerance, Mary Robinson draws courage from leaders working to tackle the global challenge of climate change.

"There are many leaders, organisations and ordinary citizens who are still determined to act together to secure a sustainable future for our people and planet."


Mary Robinson

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The Elders felicitan al Presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos por el premio Liderazgo de las Américas  

Una carta abierta por parte de nuestro Presidente Kofi Annan al Presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, en la que se elogia su liderazgo en negociar dos acuerdos de paz con los rebeldes de las FARC para poner fin al conflicto más prolongado de Colombia.

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The Elders congratulate Colombia’s President Santos on Leadership for The Americas award

An open letter from our Chair Kofi Annan to Colombia’s President Santos, praising his leadership in brokering two peace agreements with the FARC rebels to end Colombia’s long-running conflict.

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Building a culture of inclusivity in a diverse society

Delivering the 6th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, Hina Jilani stresses the importance of ethical leadership and exhorts world leaders to comply with human rights norms and the rule of law when addressing peace and security issues.

“Human rights can never be a luxury to be cast aside at times of difficulties”

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Elders in Berlin: recognising German leadership on refugees

In September 2016, Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi visited Germany to launch a new report on refugees and migration. They heard a range of perspectives on the country's response to the crisis, from Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck and business leaders, to civil society groups, volunteers and refugees themselves.

 
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The Elders call on US, UK to take action to stop civilian deaths in Yemen

Expressing shock and deep dismay over the latest incident of heavy civilian casualties in Yemen resulting from the Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign, The Elders call on the United States and United Kingdom to take decisive steps to prevent further needless deaths.

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The Elders welcome nomination of António Guterres as next UN Secretary-General

The Elders' statement welcoming the nomination of António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next UN Secretary-General.


António Guterres (Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias)

The Elders today congratulated the UN Security Council on its selection of António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next UN Secretary-General to succeed Ban Ki-moon in January.

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