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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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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