Trip Report: Elders delegation to Kuwait in July 2018

In July 2018, The Elders visited Kuwait at the invitation of the country’s Emir, to exchange views on regional political and security issues, especially the tensions around Iran, the Yemen conflict and the year-old dispute inside the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

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Why public finance is key to delivering the human right to health

Writing for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Ban Ki-moon calls on leaders to demonstrate the political will required to achieve public financed health systems.

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The Elders challenge leaders to confront migration lies and make UN deal a success

The Elders welcome the signing of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, and urge politicians, media and civil society to recognise the realities of our globalised world and respect the human rights of people on the move. 

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Ignore the lies about the UN Migration pact. It's the only responsible solution to a changing world

Scene at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in December 2018, in Marrakech, Morocco. (Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Writing in TIME, Mary Robinson calls on leaders to recognise the realities of our globalized world and embrace the sovereignty that the UN Global Compact on Migration provides.

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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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Climate change is a global health catastrophe

Ricardo Lagos addresses the GCAS summit

Climate change poses a catastrophic threat to our planet's biodiversity, to the integrity of our economic system, and even to the very values on which our shared humanity is built. 

As the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report shows, this threat is very real, and we are losing the battle to keep temperature increases close to the Paris Climate Agreement target of 1.5°c.

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The Elders demand urgent climate action at G20 summit

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The time for talking is over: a call to action on climate change and planetary health

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Without traditional knowledge, there is no climate change solution

The world is waking up to the reality of climate change

But for me — and for the millions of indigenous peoples around the world — climate change isn’t a revelation. It’s life. 

For all indigenous peoples, whether we come from the mountain or the forest, the desert or the ice, our lives and livelihoods are linked to the environment. We are dependent on the land, and because of climate change, that land — and our futures — are in danger.

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Climate Vulnerable Countries take the lead in the fight against climate change despite low emissions and limited resources

Climate change in Kiribati (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

In many countries climate change is still a second- or third-order priority. Most members of the public see it as a problem of the future and do not relate the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events to global warming. The science of climate change has not reached popular ranks and public debate. Climate change is still a remote intangible menace to many.

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