"If anybody wants to adopt an issue that is challenging, unpredictable, exciting, adventurous and gratifying, and will stretch our hearts and minds and capabilities to the utmost, this is it." Jimmy Carter
Video highlights from The Elders' dialogue with students, activists and young entrepreneurs in Paris, April 2014.
“Activism is not a drug. It is a choice that is consciously made.”
In an interview with Yo Dona, the women’s supplement of Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Hina Jilani speaks about her life as a Pakistani human rights defender and explains why she recently joined The Elders.
“Civil society can never fully be uprooted or repressed, however hard regimes might try.”
As Egypt plans a new law to regulate NGOs, Fernando Henrique Cardoso reflects on civil society’s crucial role in democratic transitions, based on Brazil's example in the 1980s. Writing forAl-Monitor, he argues that states must always protect civil society – and resist pressures to limit its potential.
“When the first demonstration happened, I thought: how can they be Jewish?”
In East Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians have joined forces to protest settlement expansion into Palestinian neighbourhoods. Six months after The Elders last visited the region, a new documentary tells the story of this shared struggle.
“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.
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“For me sustainable development is much more than caring for the environment. It’s also much more than making money from our natural resources and from our economic growth. It’s an intersection between the economics, the social, and the environment.”
Esther, from Nigeria, is one of four Youngers taking part in the Elders and Youngers, in the run up to the Rio+20 summit. In this video she gives an outline of her work and the future she wants to create.
“People in our society should feel they are empowered with equal access to energy, healthcare and quality education.”
Marvin, from China, introduces himself and outlines the key issues as he sees them. He is one of the four ‘Youngers’, young leaders committed to putting sustainable development into practice, participating in the Elders and Youngers debate, in advance of the Rio+20 summit.