The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. They describe themselves as “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights”. The goal Mandela set for the Elders was to use their “almost 1,000 years of collective experience” to work on solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate change, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, as well as to “use their political independence to help resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts”.
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- Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- Kofi Annan (Chair), former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India
- Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and United Nations envoy
- Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization
- Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil
- Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- Hina Jilani, international human rights defender from Pakistan
- Graça Machel, former Education Minister of Mozambique, President of the Foundation for Community Development and widow of Nelson Mandela
- Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico
- Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, former Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and former Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
So please visit their website, and listen to your elders.