"Reducing vulnerability to both natural and human-made hazards is the key to building resilient communities and societies."
As the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction takes place, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson call for the Sustainable Development Goals to include provision for those living in areas prone to natural disasters. Published in The Guardian.
In letters to West African leaders, Kofi Annan expresses his solidarity with the populations affected by Ebola, and calls on the global community to take a stronger response to control and reverse the disease.
“We can and must do more to live up to our human duty to help and protect those in dire need.”
Marking World Humanitarian Day, senior OCHA official John Ging outlines the importance of humanitarian assistance, the challenges aid workers face, and what can be done to address current humanitarian crises.
Writing in Foreign Policy, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson argue that to help bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to peace, world leaders must recognise Hamas and pressure both sides to respect international law.
“To talk about ‘ethical leadership’ is to speak from experience, not because you were a perfect leader but because you were thrust into difficult situations, and maybe you helped to see humanity prevail.”
Writing in the Cape Times, Desmond Tutu reflects on the role of The Elders in situations of conflict and asks: 'where are today's ethical leaders?'
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.