The bi-communal Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus has been working since 2007 to recover the remains of missing persons and return them to their families. The Elders visited the divided island in December 2009 to film a documentary about the Committee's valuable work.
In December 2009, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu joined four teenagers - two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot - to learn about a very difficult and painful issue: the search for missing persons in Cyprus. Their journey to discover more about the Cypriots working to uncover their hidden past has been made into a documentary.
In April 2011 Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Brundtland and Mary Robinson travelled to North and South Korea. This video follows the Elders on their visit, including the moment when they received a last-minute message from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Every year, 10 million girls worldwide are married under the age of 18. In June 2011, Gro Brundtland, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu travelled to Ethiopia to visit projects that are successfully educating families and communities about the harmfulness of early marriage.
In this interview for BBC Radio's Focus on Africa, Archbishop Tutu calls child marriage "a devastating social custom used against innocent, vulnerable girls” and discusses the Elders' recent visit to Ethiopia where he met child brides and the people campaigning to end the practice.
One week after rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement, five Elders – Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi – discuss what this development could mean for a lasting peace in the region.
In an interview with Metro International published in eight countries in Europe and the Americas, Graça Machel discusses progress on gender equality in Africa and her long involvement in the struggle to end child marriage. The story was published in English on the Huffington Post.
On the day that the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureates are announced, The Elders give their reactions, commending the decision to recognise the important role women play in resolving conflict and building peaceful societies.
This blog is based on Archbishop Tutu’s contribution to a debate hosted by the Forgiveness Project. He was joined by Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, who lost over 50 members of her family in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Jo Berry, the daughter of Sir Anthony Berry who was killed in the IRA Brighton bombing in 1984, and by Pat Magee, a former IRA activist convicted of the bombing.
Après plusieurs mois de violences post-électorales, la Côte d'Ivoire engage un processus de réconciliation avec l'installation officielle d'une Commission Dialogue, Vérité et Réconciliation. A cette occasion, les Elders ont écrit au président Ouattara pour l'inviter à garantir l'indépendance de la Commission et à veiller à ce qu'elle n'exclue personne.