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“I am honoured and delighted to join The Elders and support their efforts to promote peace, justice and reconciliation worldwide.”

Juan Manuel Santos

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Former President of Colombia

“It is far more difficult to make peace than it is to wage war, I know it because I have done both.”

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS

Nobel Peace Laureate

“Our first and most vital step was to cease thinking of the guerrillas as our bitter enemies, and to see them instead simply as adversaries.”

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS

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Environmental Advocate

“It’s so evident that we are destroying Mother Earth. This is not the problem of one country or a few countries; it is the problem of mankind. We need to work together to stop this. Otherwise our future generations will simply disappear.”

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS

BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Former President of Colombia; a Nobel Peace Laureate who led complex peace negotiations, ending over 50 years of intractable civil war.
1991
Appointed Colombia’s first minister of Foreign Trade
2010
President of Colombia (2010-2018)
2012
Announces that his government has entered formal negotiations with the FARC
2016
Nobel Peace Laureate
2019
Joined The Elders

“The Elders’ work to promote peace and support efforts to end the world’s most intractable conflicts is a crucial force for good."

Juan Manuel Santos

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