"It's something like the word ubuntu: I am because you are."
As we celebrate Mandela Day 2014, Mary Robinson offers her thoughts on the universal values that bring people together.
What is the role of the media in promoting peace – without taking sides in a conflict? Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson discussed this question at last week's Elders debate in Oxford.
How should the international community promote universal human rights, while respecting cultural differences? Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson discussed this question during the Elders debate in Oxford last week.
The Elders discuss what they mean by 'speaking truth to power’, and how their status as Elders allows them to – as Jimmy Carter put it – “go where we please, meet with whom we choose, and say what we believe."
At an Elders debate in Oxford last week, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson respond to questions about climate change and urge young people to mobilise ahead of a major climate conference in Paris in 2015.
The Elders are deeply saddened by the death of their founder Nelson Mandela, and join millions around the world who were inspired by his courage and touched by his compassion.
"There is good reason for young people in our world today to protest" – Mary Robinson
In part two of their ethical leadership debate, the Elders discuss accountability and governance in Africa, egalitarianism, and the role of protest movements worldwide.