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“In an age when poor leadership, injustice and suffering is rife, the Elders’ vision of a world where people live in peace and are conscious of their common humanity is essential.”

Zeid Raad Al Hussein

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Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“When the fundamental principles of human rights are not protected, the center of our institution no longer holds. It is they that promote development that is sustainable; peace that is secure; and lives of dignity.”

ZEID RAAD AL HUSSEIN

Champion of international justice

“Ultimately, it is the law that will safeguard our societies – human rights law, binding law which is the distillation of human experience, of generations of human suffering, the screams of the victims of past crimes and hate. We must guard this law passionately, and be guided by it.”

ZEID RAAD AL HUSSEIN

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Veteran diplomat and peacekeeping expert

"The UN’s raison d’être is the protection of peace, rights, justice and social progress. Its operating principle is therefore equally clear: only by pursuing the opposite to nationalism – only when States all work for each other, for everyone, for all people, for the human rights of all people – can peace be attainable."

ZEID RAAD AL HUSSEIN

BIOGRAPHY

Zeid Raad Al Hussein

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; champion of international justice and multilateralism; veteran Jordanian diplomat and peacekeeping expert.
2000
Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2000-2007)
2002
First President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Chaired the complex negotiations surrounding the elements of individual offences amounting to genocide.
2004
Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
2014
6th High Commissioner for Human Rights 2014-2018
2019
Joined The Elders

“I am honoured to join The Elders and work with them for a better world.”

Zeid Raad Al Hussein

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