Dialogue must be routine, not reward, in the fight against conflict

Diplomats in dialogue at UN Security Council in October 2014.

A multilateral approach to conflict prevention is needed, yet governments appear unable to agree on how it should work. As the new chair of the UN Security Council takes the seat, The Elders’ Head of Programmes, Jane Kinninmont, reflects on the need for states to institutionalise dialogue to avoid conflict.

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To prevent conflict, states must deliver access to justice

Noting the transformative role played by access to justice in securing peaceful, stable and legitimate states, Mary Robinson calls for innovation, increased financing and improved collaboration to build inclusive, people-centred justice systems that deliver justice for all.

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The UNSC must be bold and assert its collective voice

Ban Ki-moon addresses the UN Security Council in New York, on 12 June 2019. (Photo: UN Photo / Loey Felipe)

Addressing a UN Security Council session on the maintenance of international peace and security, former UN Secretary-General and Elders' Deputy Chair Ban Ki-moon urges Councl Members to cooperate and speak with a strong common voice for UNSC decisions to have a decisive impact.


The following is a transcript of his 12 June 2019 speech.

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The UNSC must work together to deliver its mandate

Mary Robinson addresses the UN Security Council in New York, on 12 June 2019. (Photo: UN Photo / Loey Felipe)

Addressing a UN Security Council session on conflict prevention and mediation, Mary Robinson implores Council Members to work together to deliver on its commitments outlined in the UN Charter.

The following is a transcript of her 12 June 2019 speech.

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The Elders reaffirm support for Colombia’s peace process

The Elders today reaffirmed their support for the historic peace deal between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and urged President Ivan Duque to continue to work for its full implementation.

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World leaders must recommit to UN global values to achieve peace and security

Martti Ahtisaari, Oslo, 2012
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Mary Robinson addresses UNGA on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan

On 21 September, Mary Robinson reflected on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan, during an address to the UN General Assembly in New York.

"I am reminded of something Kofi would often affirm: that there is no peace without development, no development without peace, and neither peace nor development without human rights."

Mary Robinson in September 2018 (Credit: UN)

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Kofi Annan will inspire generations – a tribute from Mary Robinson

Writing in The Irish Times, Mary Robinson reflects on the life and legacy of Kofi Annan.

"Kofi Annan was driven by the passionate intensity of the very best convictions: that peace, justice and human rights are not only to be desired but essential values that must be fought for."
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#WalkTogether to celebrate 100 Sparks of Hope

Graça Machel reflects on a year of championing the freedoms Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to. She invites you to join with The Elders in continuing Mandela's long walk to freedom.

"The world today desperately needs hope in the face of conflict, inequality, racism and cynicism."

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The Elders urge US, DPRK to build on Singapore summit with hard work for peace

The Elders welcome the historic summit and call on both parties to continue serious engagement to make progress towards full denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

"The Singapore summit offers the hope of a better future." – Ban Ki-moon

Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump shake hands during the Singapore Summit

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