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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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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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The Elders urge African Union to maintain efforts for peace and justice in Burundi

The Elders have written to the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in support of her efforts to bring peace and justice to Burundi, and urged her to press for a credible international security presence in the country.

In a letter sent as the African Union holds its annual summit in Addis Ababa, Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:

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Still fit for purpose? Elders’ UN proposals take centre stage at Sciences Po

Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi discussed The Elders’ proposals for strengthening the UN at the Sciences Po event which included contributions from several possible candidates for the next Secretary-General and touched on issues from terrorism to the refugee crisis, development challenges and the weakness of international institutions.

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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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The Elders' Debate on BBC Global – the highlights

Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson took part in a live broadcast debate on BBC World to discuss some of the world's biggest issues, from Syria and Ukraine to migration and extremism.

“You cannot stop migration, you can only manage it effectively.”

Earlier this week, four Elders appeared on BBC World’s Global with Matthew Amroliwala, a TV show broadcast to over 200 countries.

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Watch the #EldersDebate

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In pursuit of peace: The Elders’ visit to Israel and Palestine

Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland spent three days discussing the post-war political landscape with a host of experts, politicians and NGOs.

Gro Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter visited Israel and Palestine from 30 April to 2 May 2015, the fourth Elders' trip to the region.

The goal of the visit was to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and support the two-state solution.

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Returning a normal life to Gazans

At the press conference concluding The Elders' trip to Israel and Palestine, Gro Harlem Brundtland delivers a statement urging a complete paradigm shift on Gaza and explains how the two-state solution would benefit both countries.

“The people of both countries want and deserve a just peace.”

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