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Nelson Mandela launches The Elders

Nelson Mandela announces the formation of The Elders on his 89th birthday in Johannesburg in 2007.

Muhammad Yunus and Kofi Annan listen to Nelson Mandela's speech at the launch of The Elders in Johannesburg.

Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson listen to Nelson Mandela's speech at the launch of The Elders in Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter.

Kofi Annan presents Graça Machel with a bouquet of flowers at the launch of The Elders.

The Elders at the group's launch, Johannesburg. L-R: Muhammad Yunus, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, Leah Tutu, Desmond Tutu.


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