The Elders congratulate Colombia’s President Santos on Leadership for The Americas award

An open letter from our Chair Kofi Annan to Colombia’s President Santos, praising his leadership in brokering two peace agreements with the FARC rebels to end Colombia’s long-running conflict.

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The Elders urge all states to commit to universal, impartial International Criminal Court

Our statement on the International Criminal Court, following recent moves by three African countries to withdraw.

At the end of their bi-annual meeting today, The Elders called for redoubled efforts to turn the International Criminal Court into a truly universal, and impartial, tribunal.

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The Elders urge new compromise for Colombia peace deal

The Elders respect the decision of the Colombian people who have voted not to accept the peace agreement and urge Colombian leaders to find compromises which will allow all Colombians to unite behind peace as a national project.


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Overcoming obstacles on the path to peace

Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, draws on personal experience when he reflects on Colombia's path to peace and the tensions between conflict resolution and upholding human rights.

"The challenge for future peace and prosperity is all about building bridges and working together."
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The Elders condemn Turkey coup attempt and urge all sides to respect democracy

The Elders' statement on the attempted coup in Turkey.

"President Erdoğan now has a responsibility to act in a way that reconciles his divided country, reaffirms his government’s commitment to inclusive democracy and defuses tensions at the heart of Turkish society.” – Kofi Annan

The Elders condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and urge all political, military and legal forces in the country to respect the rule of law and protect democracy and human rights.

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After Myanmar's celebrations, the hard work begins

From building relationships with the military and ethnic armed groups, to satisfying political activists hungry for rapid change, Myanmar’s new government faces multiple challenges, argues our senior policy consultant, Matthew J Walton.

Children in Myanmar celebrate NLD victory. Photo: Mark Baker

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The Elders welcome Myanmar’s new civilian government

The Elders' statement on Myanmar's new civilian government.

“This is a landmark moment for the country."

The Elders warmly welcome the assumption of office by Myanmar’s new civilian government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), following its electoral success last year.

The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan said:

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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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A plea for Palestinian unity

Palestinian physician, activist, and politician, Mustafa Barghouti argues that political unity between the Palestinian people must be achieved before there can be hopes for peace in the region.

Palestinian designate ministers, 15 March 2007, Gaza City.
L-R: Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr, Deputy Prime Minister Azzam al-Ahmed, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti, Social Affairs Minister Salad Zeidan.

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Without Gaza the two-state solution cannot be realised

Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland give a statement while visiting Israel and Palestine, May 2015

Eight months after a devastating war, Israel’s continued and deliberate policy of besieging Gaza and enforcing its separation from the West Bank means conflict could break out again.

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