“We all talk about climate change. I have a sense that people don't take it seriously.” Kofi Annan
Joined by fellow Elders Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo, Kofi Annan calls on world leaders to take action on climate change ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit 2014.
“I was a lucky child because I had parents who believed that girls were as essential as boys… we were not treated differently.”
Gro Harlem Brundtland speaks about her parents’ vision of equality and its impact on her childhood.
“There’s not anything you achieve as individuals; you achieve within a context of building on strengths of other people around you”
Raised by her mother and eldest sister, Graça Machel reflects on how family unity led her to believe achievements are a collective effort.
To mark International Youth Day, the Elders reflect on their youth and those who instilled in them the values that led them to where they are today.
“Education is not only to serve ourselves as individuals but to serve others."
Ernesto Zedillo discusses his belief, learned from his parents and teachers, that education is about benefitting the community.
“I have to persuade world leaders that we need a robust, fair climate agreement that keeps us on a pathway below two degrees Celsius. We’re not on that pathway now.”
In an interview with RTE News, Mary Robinson discusses Gaza, her new role as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change, and why we urgently need to move to renewable energy – and do so equitably.
To celebrate Mandela Day 2014, the Elders discuss the meaning of ethical leadership. In this video, Hina Jilani gives her definition.
Inspired by the legacy of our founder, Nelson Mandela, The Elders are marking Mandela Day 2014 with the launch of a new video series on ethical leadership.
What makes an ethical leader?
Kicking off our new video series, Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan gives his definition of ethical leadership.
"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.