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North and South Korea must seize this Olympic moment

Writing in the Financial Times, Ban Ki-moon calls for continued dialogue in order to make meaningful progress to resolve nuclear tensions and reach a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.

"All parties must use this Olympic moment to nurture a positive atmosphere that enables a genuine dialogue to continue, including bilateral military talks."


Ban Ki-moon (Credit: Joël Saget /AFP)

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Lakhdar Brahimi: how the curtain fell on America’s moment in the Middle East

Lakhdar Brahimi discusses the current challenges facing the Middle East and calls for stronger regional cooperation in an interview for Chatham House's The World Today.


Lakhdar Brahimi (Credit: Gordon Welters / The Elders)

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2018: Building a world Madiba would be proud of

As we face unprecedented global challenges in 2018, Kofi Annan draws lessons from the life of Nelson Mandela, specifically the need for leaders to respect international law, human rights and act with compassion and empathy.

"It is ordinary people who suffer when leaders make rash decisions and deploy inflammatory rhetoric for political goals."

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A call for global leadership on climate and conflict resolution

In an interview with AFP on 11 December, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-Moon, Lakhdar Brahimi, Mary Robinson and Gro Harlem Brundtland discuss the lack of global political commitment to tackling the challenges facing the world today.


Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon (Credit: Rick Bajornas/ UN Photo)

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The Elders condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital as grave risk to peace

The Elders condemn US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a grave threat to peace across the Middle East.

“There will be no lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians unless both parties’ rights and claims are respected in the historic city of Jerusalem.” –Kofi Annan.


View of Jerusalem (Credit: Muath Khatib / The Elders)

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Lakhdar Brahimi on the political legacy of the Balfour Declaration

On 26 October, Lakhdar Brahimi joined a panel discussion at Chatham House, marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. Read his opening remarks in which he reflects on Britain's responsibility for political developments in the region since 1917 and the right of the Palestinian people to fight against injustice.

"Palestinians have rights and they also have the right to fight for their rights."

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The Elders call on Myanmar to allow return of displaced Rohingya

The Elders urge the government of Myanmar and military leaders to end all military operations and to fully implement the final report of the Rakhine Commission in order to allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya to return to their homes.

The Elders today called on Myanmar’s government and military leaders to end all military operations in Rakhine State, and allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh and other countries to return.

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The Balfour Declaration: Palestine, Israel and Britain 100 years on

Lakhdar Brahimi to join Chatham House panel on 26 October, marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration – a promise that immeasurably altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and one whose political and social impact is felt to this day.

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Livestream: How can youth leaders lay the groundwork for Peace?

The Elders and emerging policy leaders from the UK and the world will discuss possible pathways to global peace. Watch the livestream and join the conversation by submitting your questions with #WalkTogether

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The Elders applaud Palestinian reconciliation; renew call for end to blockade of Gaza

The Elders warmly welcome the reconciliation agreement reached by Fatah and Hamas as an essential step towards the full reunification of the West Bank and Gaza, keeping alive prospects for the peaceful emergence of a Palestinian state.

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