The Elders urge new compromise for Colombia peace deal

The Elders respect the decision of the Colombian people who have voted not to accept the peace agreement and urge Colombian leaders to find compromises which will allow all Colombians to unite behind peace as a national project.


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The Elders condemn Aleppo bombardments and call for unimpeded humanitarian aid

The Elders condemn the continued devastating attacks on civilian targets in the Syrian city of Aleppo and deplore the paralysis of the United Nations Security Council in the face of such a brutal military assault, which has shown utter disregard for civilian life.

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Refugees: moving beyond warm words to concrete actions

Ahead of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants and President Barack Obama's Leaders' Summit on Refugees, Hina Jilani calls on those meeting to move beyond warm words to concrete actions that will help the most vulnerable people. Published in Huffington Post and Refugees Deeply.

"For all the summits and deliberations of recent years, it is clear that the world can - and must - do more to protect refugees and migrants, and ensure that their basic human rights are respected in the process."
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Ethical leadership: a global challenge and opportunity

Our CEO Andrew Whitley reflects on a busy month during which The Elders launched a new report in Germany on refugees and mass migration, and held several meetings and discussions in and around the UN General Assembly in New York, including with senior UN officials on Syria and with resettled refugees at the International Rescue Committee.

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The Elders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

The Elders' statement on the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate.

The Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93. Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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Building coalitions to support SDGs in Costa Rica

One year on from the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals, how are countries in the developing and developed world making progress in their implementation? In the first of a series of guest blogs on this issue, Dr. Monica Araya from Costa Rican civil society group Costa Rica Limpia reflects on coalition-building and grassroots efforts to support the SDGs.

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Refugee crisis: an open letter to European leaders

An open letter from our Chair Kofi Annan and other high-level dignitaries to European leaders on the current refugee and migration crisis.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe, usually after harrowing and highly dangerous journeys both over land and by sea. In all likelihood this flow of people will continue for some time to come.

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The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference

Welcoming the peace conference convened by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Gro Harlem Brundtland calls for the basic rights of all Myanmar's people regardless of race, religion or citizenship, to be a guiding principle on its journey to a fully democratic and peaceful future.

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Syria and refugees: the case for compassion

Kofi Annan reflects on the shocking images of children who have suffered in the Syrian conflict and asks whether the world has done enough, both in protecting civilians within Syria and those who have fled.

The photo of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old boy pulled from rubble in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a devastating regime airstrike, has shocked and touched millions of people worldwide and once again emphasised the suffering of innocent civilians in that country’s civil war.

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The Elders welcome historic Colombia peace agreement

The Elders' statement on the signing of the peace agreement in Colombia.

"This deal is proof that even the most protracted of conflicts can be solved peacefully when sufficient political will exists."

The Elders welcome the historic peace agreement signed yesterday between the Government of Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla movement that brings to an end more than five decades of conflict.

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