The Elders at 10

Nelson Mandela launched ‘The Elders’ on 18 July 2007, his 89th birthday. Convening the group of independent global leaders, he mandated them to speak truth to power, raise the voices of the voiceless and offer hope where there is despair.

Our tenth birthday is not only an opportunity to reflect on our story so far, but a moment to rededicate ourselves to the challenges that lie ahead.

Read more about our Achievements and Impact.

Mandela’s vision for a better world

Watch this documentary which charts our journey over the past 10 years.

The story of The Elders: an interactive timeline

Explore key moments from our first ten years in this interactive timeline.

  • Walk Together

    The Elders are marking their tenth anniversary with a global campaign to help bridge the deepening global fault lines of division, hate and xenophobia that is leading to inward-facing populism.

    Focused on the freedoms their founder Nelson Mandela devoted his life to achieving, they will use the year ahead to inspire hope and engage people in ideas that inspire solidarity, compassion and tolerance.

    Watch the launch of the Walk Together campaign and help us continue Mandela's long walk to freedom.

Walk Together

Continue Mandela’s long walk to freedom, by building global empathy and supporting civil society on issues of peace, health, justice and equality.