"For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change, gender equality and food security must all go hand-in-hand."
Mary Robinson calls on international agencies to break out of the 'boxes' that constrain policy making and adopt a climate justice approach to development.
Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter spent an hour responding to questions on women’s rights yesterday, in The Elders’ first ever live Twitter Q&A for International Women’s Day 2014.
To mark International Women’s Day 2014, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani and Desmond Tutu will answer questions in The Elders’ first ever live Twitter chat.
03 March 2014
“The use of force and any further loss of life should be avoided at all costs.” Kofi Annan
The Elders express deep concern at the crisis in Ukraine and urge all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.
"The Elders will closely follow whether, and how, these promising words are put into action."
Lesley-Anne Knight, CEO of The Elders, welcomes Saturday's diplomatic breakthrough on Syria at the UN Security Council.
“For the first time in years, Eastern Congo’s women and children have the tantalising prospect of being able to live and work without the ever present fear of conflict, sexual violence and rape.”
Mary Robinson, Great Lakes envoy, reflects on the progress and challenges facing in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the signing of a peace agreement a year ago.
19 February 2014
“I urge the Security Council to act swiftly and decisively and authorise the resources urgently needed to begin stabilising the CAR." Kofi Annan
The Elders highlight the worsening violence in the Central African Republic, ahead of tomorrow's report from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"We get energised by the idealism of many young people, their wish for better leadership in our world." Mary Robinson
From early influences to religion and the meaning of life, Martti Ahtisaari and Mary Robinson speak to Mayumi Yoshinari from
in the second half of a two-part interview. Chuo-Koron
"With their experience, and their profound commitment to building a better world – let us call them global Elders." Nelson Mandela
In July 2007, Nelson Mandela brought together The Elders, independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. This video shows their work to promote equality for women and girls, amplify the voices of young people, highlight humanitarian crises and support peace-building initiatives around the world.
“We believe very firmly that it is possible for all of God’s children to live harmoniously together.” Desmond Tutu
A delegation of Elders visited Tehran in January 2014 for a series of meetings with the Iranian leadership.