"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.
"To be bold; to have the courage of your convictions; and to think long-term, not short-term or for political expedience; those are characteristics common to good leaders." Gro Harlem Brundtland
The Elders partner with Al Jazeera's South2North programme for a public debate on ethical leadership.
“When I see Obama, I will tell him: one good speech is not enough to get a Nobel Peace Prize.” Martti Ahtisaari
Following high-level meetings in Washington and London, the Elders held a public debate on the future of the two-state solution. Welcoming John Kerry’s efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, they called for full support from both the US President and the international community.
“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.
Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel talk about the founding of The Elders describe what they hope the group will achieve.
Muhammad Yunus says the Elders, as trusted leaders, can provide guidance in a fast-changing world, by reflecting the feelings of the world and looking for ways to make practical changes, whether big or small.
The Elders Chair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes the new organisation as global Elders for the global village - a group that understands the essential interdependence of all human beings.
Graça Machel says The Elders will try to ensure that the voices of those working at community level around the world are heard. "My dream is for us as Elders to get people together, acknowledging our differences, but more importantly, celebrating the common bonds that tie us and ensuring that people everywhere are able to live the healthy productive lives they deserve."