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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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Peace and justice in Israel and Palestine: the need for a two-state solution

“Eight months after a devastating war, not one destroyed house has been rebuilt.”
Gro Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter say the people of Gaza deserve peace and dignity.

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Kofi Annan: "We cannot be prosperous at the expense of the other"

In an interview with RT's Worlds Apart, Kofi Annan discusses peace-building and accountability, from UN Security Council reform to Syria and Ukraine.

“The mediator or the peacemaker cannot want peace more than the protagonists.”

Find out more about our UN initiative

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The Elders conclude three-day visit to Moscow

From Ukraine to Syria and Iran, The Elders held talks on geopolitical issues with Russian officials, including President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Six members of The Elders, led by the organisation’s Chair, Kofi Annan, today concluded a successful visit to Moscow with a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at his residence.


The Elders with President Putin, April 2015

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Media advisory: The Elders visit Israel & Palestine from 29 April - 2 May 2015

Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland return to the Middle East this week, meeting with senior Palestinian and Israeli officials, civil society and NGOs to support the two-state solution and highlight Gaza's humanitarian crisis.

Two members of The Elders will travel to Israel and Palestine on Wednesday 29 April until Saturday 2 May for a series of meetings with political leaders, officials, diplomats and civil society groups.

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Why The Elders are returning to Israel and Palestine

Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland will revisit the Middle East in a renewed push to promote the two-state solution and to address the root causes of the conflict.

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Media advisory: The Elders to visit Russia from 27-29 April 2015

On the first Elders' visit to Russia, six Elders are in Moscow this week to meet Russian officials about key foreign policy issues.

Six members of The Elders will travel to Moscow on Monday 27 April for a series of private meetings with Russian officials, dignitaries and academics. It will be The Elders’ first visit to Russia as a group. The Elders hope to meet H.E. President Vladimir Putin on the final day of their trip.

The Elders travelling to Russia are:

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'Rebuild Gaza, and avert the next war'

Writing in The Washington Post, Jimmy Carter argues that an end to Gaza's isolation is essential for a future Israel-Palestine peace deal.

"As long as Palestinians remain divided, it will be difficult for any leader to sell to the Palestinian people a peace agreement with Israel."


Rubble in Gaza after an Israeli air strike. Photo: UN Photo | Shareef Sarha, July 2014

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The Elders warn against political violence in Burundi and urge free, transparent elections

In the lead up to Burundi's elections, The Elders urge leaders and the general public to abide by The Arusha Accords to "entrench democracy and bolster peace and stability".


Person voting in the Burundi legislative elections in 2010. Photo Brice Blondel, CC BY-NC 2.0

LONDON - The Elders express their concern about growing tensions in Burundi ahead of presidential elections scheduled for June.

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What Palestinians need to do to fulfil their quest for statehood

Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad argues that the path to peace can only begin when Gaza is reintroduced into the Palestinian fold.

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