"When the Security Council fails, the United Nations fails"

To mark the first World Humanitarian Summit, five Elders are joined by Amnesty International and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect to call for veto restraint and increased cooperation amongst the Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council, to prevent mass atrocities.

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Refugees question The Elders and UNHCR about their future

From alternative pathways to safety and resettlement to the prospect of peace in Syria, refugees in the Middle East have many questions about their future. Elders Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi join Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to offer some answers.

We have been refugees in Lebanon for 5 years, is there any hope for peace? – Refugee from Homs, Syria.

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The Elders urge UN Security Council to defuse tensions seriously affecting UN mission in Western Sahara

The Elders' statement on the tensions hampering the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

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After Myanmar's celebrations, the hard work begins

From building relationships with the military and ethnic armed groups, to satisfying political activists hungry for rapid change, Myanmar’s new government faces multiple challenges, argues our senior policy consultant, Matthew J Walton.

Children in Myanmar celebrate NLD victory. Photo: Mark Baker

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The Elders welcome Myanmar’s new civilian government

The Elders' statement on Myanmar's new civilian government.

“This is a landmark moment for the country."

The Elders warmly welcome the assumption of office by Myanmar’s new civilian government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), following its electoral success last year.

The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan said:

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Farewell from The Elders' CEO

Lesley-Anne Knight reflects on her time as CEO of The Elders, celebrating its successes, and highlighting the challenges ahead.

"If we are to end the chronic cycles of death and destruction that plague parts of our planet, we must have leadership that is not just ethical, but courageous too."

The Elders with CEO Lesley-Anne Knight in Cape Town in 2013

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Gender equality and climate change: the vital link for success beyond Paris

From assessing the "people-centred" COP21 Paris Agreement and how those on the frontlines can help the world in tackling climate change, to ensuring that women are empowered to make their voices heard, Mary Robinson marks International Women's Day by highlighting the link between gender equality and climate justice.

"Human rights and gender equality should inform good climate policy."
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Syria: time to put an immediate halt to all the fighting

As the violence engulfing Syria continues, veteran mediator and former UN Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi calls on all parties to end the violence, prioritise the needs of the Syrian people and for European governments to agree a coordinated response to the refugee crisis.

"It is imperative that the world puts the needs of the Syrian people first."
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The Elders urge a renewed commitment to the peace process in Syria

While The Elders welcome the outcome of the Syria Donor Conference in London, a determined and sustained effort to attain peace is the only way to protect the Syrian people. 

"Those responsible for the fighting should realise that that route will lead nowhere." Lakhdar Brahimi
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Kofi Annan: "We all have a responsibility to assist refugees; they have rights"

Speaking from Davos to BBC Newsnight, Kofi Annan highlights the need for leadership and cooperation, from Europe's refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.

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