The Elders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

The Elders' statement on the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate.

The Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93. Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference

Welcoming the peace conference convened by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Gro Harlem Brundtland calls for the basic rights of all Myanmar's people regardless of race, religion or citizenship, to be a guiding principle on its journey to a fully democratic and peaceful future.

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The Elders welcome historic Colombia peace agreement

The Elders' statement on the signing of the peace agreement in Colombia.

"This deal is proof that even the most protracted of conflicts can be solved peacefully when sufficient political will exists."

The Elders welcome the historic peace agreement signed yesterday between the Government of Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla movement that brings to an end more than five decades of conflict.

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The Elders urge all sides to cooperate with East African Community efforts to resolve Burundi conflict

The Elders welcome the planned resumption of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the current crisis in Burundi.

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The Elders welcome announcement of terms for ceasefire in Colombia

The Elders' statement on the moves towards peace in Colombia.

“The Colombian people deserve peace and I sincerely hope they will seize this opportunity to end the violence they have lived through for generations...” – Ernesto Zedillo
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The Elders welcome Paris conference as step towards two-state solution for Israel-Palestine

The Elders call for decisive international engagement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and secure a lasting peace based on a two-state solution.

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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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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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Palestinian rights are human rights

The Elders' Policy and Advocacy Director Andrew Whitley considers the link between International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November and the Human Rights Day on 10 December and explains why the need to uphold Palestinian rights should matter to us all.

Protection under the law, whether legal or physical, must be indivisible.
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Martti Ahtisaari: the mediator

Martti Ahtisaari discusses his life and work as a global peacemaker and the challenges that face peace negotiators in today’s conflict zones.


Martti Ahtisaari discussed his life and work as a conflict mediator, in front of a live audience at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on Wednesday 9 September to mark the publication in English of a new biography, The Mediator.

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