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Encouraging progress towards peace and inclusiveness in Myanmar

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Thank you for being the voice for so many who cannot speak and for thank you for speaking on behalf of those who are not always heard.
Sharleen Brest
South Africa
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"nice" does not mean "weak". Together we ARE stronger. God bless.
David Hyner
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Who make things happen are entrepreneurs. Lets be and promote "Sustainable Entrepreneurship", with social, economic and environmental impact, and our success will be Sustainable Development @edisonmss
Edison Santos
Dominican Republic
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Peace lives in the smile that is genuine, peace lives in the moment that is kind, peace lives in the heart that is loving, how can you hate another? When you see them in yourself.
Susan Carew
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The Elders are na inspiring movement that can bring hope and good will to the youth generations.
Mariangela Ahavah
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In the spirit of the work of The Elders, join those raising their voices around the world on Peace Day, Sept 21, whoever and wherever you are, singing as 'one choir' for peace.
Jane Hanson
London UK
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Please keep it simple No one in OUR world should die from hunger If you get the chance Feed Hungry People
Jo Jo
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Every person who claims an interest in human rights must concern herself with equity to its fullest extent, and not passively label this idea as "idealistic." Only then can we truly move forward.
Lauren Wedekind
Stanford University
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Dear Rev. D Tutu! I look forward to seeing you and Ms G Brundtland in Honolulu @Pillars of Peace! I know Ms. Brundtland for her work re North Korea and gender equality! Thank you!
Betsy A. Kawamura
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Dear Elders! I am soo looking forward to your presence in Honolulu for Pillars of Peace conference! I've met Ms Brundtland re N Korea issues+ looking forward to improve gender equality+human rights!
Betsy Kawamura
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ela Bhatt

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando H Cardoso

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Honorary Elder

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.

The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

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