The world faces a dearth of principled leadership based on the inclusive, collaborative and democratic values exemplified by Nelson Mandela. Many leaders cynically adopt populist stances or lack the courage or political will to confront prejudice and disinformation. As a result, the rules-based international order faces great uncertainty, with diminishing faith in multilateral institutions and declining levels of trust in political leadership.
The Elders will engage with key stakeholders to advocate an inclusive, effective, people-centred multilateral system that is capable of addressing urgent global threats to peace and security including climate change, nuclear weapons, pandemic diseases, forced displacement and terrorism. They will speak directly to heads of state and policymakers, also ensuring that the voices of civil society, marginalised groups and victims of war and injustice are heard.