“It took us 12 years to write a constitution. Don't underestimate what you have done.” Jimmy Carter
Last week, to conclude their two-day visit to Cairo, the Elders took part in a televised discussion with young Egyptians on the momentous events that have changed their country – and their hopes and expectations for what comes next.
Marking five years since Nelson Mandela founded The Elders,Intelligence Squared hosted an event with Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu in conversation with Jon Snow at the Barbican in London on Monday 2 July 2012. Watch the video of the evening's event here.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Elders’ meeting in Rio de Janeiro in October 2011. The Elders meet twice a year to discuss their initiatives to promote peace and human rights. With fellow Elders Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter and Martti Ahtisaari, President Cardoso talks about the Elders’ recent work on child marriage, the Middle East peace process and the Korean Peninsula.
In June 2011 Elders Gro Brundtland, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu travelled to Ethiopia to visit communities affected by child marriage and convene a meeting of experts and activists working to end child marriage around the world.
Desmond Tutu and Gro Brundtland will launch The Elders' new documentary film, Cyprus: Digging the Past in Search of the Future, at a special screening in Cyprus before being joined by fellow Elder Lakhdar Brahimi in London to share the film with members of the Cypriot diaspora.
The Elders have released a report of their trip, "People and Peace in the Middle East". Rather than providing a detailed political analysis – of which there are many – they want share their personal impressions of how this conflict is affecting ordinary people.