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Elders in Iran: encouraging openness and trust

“We believe very firmly that it is possible for all of God’s children to live harmoniously together.” Desmond Tutu

A delegation of Elders visited Tehran in January 2014 for a series of meetings with the Iranian leadership.

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“Reconciliation is a long-term process, not an event”

Kofi Annan visited Côte d’Ivoire last month to assess the country’s progress since the post-election violence of 2010-11. While welcoming promising signs of economic recovery, he urged Ivorians to work together to build an inclusive future and prepare for peaceful elections in 2015.

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Listening to the people transforming Myanmar

During the first Elders delegation to Myanmar in September 2013, Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari and Gro Harlem Brundtland heard a range of perspectives on the country's political transition, from President Thein Sein to the leaders of the 1988 democracy movement.

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Glimmers of hope: Elders talk peace in Washington and London

The Elders concluded their visit to Washington DC and London encouraged and impressed by US efforts to revive the Middle East peace process. During a series of high-level meetings, media interviews and public debates, they discussed the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine and in neighbouring Syria.

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“Wonderful young people. They uplift you”

On the second day of their visit to the Middle East in August 2009, The Elders meet Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad. They also cross into the West Bank, where they meet women from the Qalandia refugee camp and listen to the concerns of young Palestinians.

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Meeting Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Fernando Henrique Cardoso blogs about the Elders' meeting with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, arguing that we all have much to gain by listening to those we disagree with.