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Universal Health, Universal Rights

Gro Brundtland | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Gro Brundtland

We urge the G7 nations to show leadership and to make political and financial commitments to Universal Health Coverage at their upcoming summit in Japan. This would be a clear signal from the most powerful economies that "business as usual" will not do if the world is serious about implementing the SDGs.

The Betrayal of Manhood

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 10.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

"Boy, it's time for you to die!" proclaims an indigenous chief flanked by tribal elders dressed in their ritualistic garb, about to address an America...

Women x Education = The Survival of the Human Race

Sarah Key | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Sarah Key

The margins of her reading assignment are filled with delicate pencil markings in the Bengali alphabet of her homeland. She has defined dozens of words she has looked up on every page: pampered, herbage, oppressors, sycophants.

It's Time to Put a Price on Carbon

Kofi Annan | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Kofi Annan

Nelson Mandela, who founded The Elders in 2007, believed transformative leaders needed the generosity and courage to see beyond narrow self-interest. No challenge requires these qualities as much, or as urgently, as climate change.

Three World Leaders Speak on the Future of Israel and Palestine

Ann Wright | Posted 11.26.2014 | Home
Ann Wright

Three of the world's leaders, members of the group called "The Elders," spoke on the conflict between Israeli and Palestine this month in Honolulu, Ha...

Living Peace Everyday

Paul Singer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Singer

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the "Wisdom of the Elders Pillars of Peace" conference focusing on peace, compassion and ethical leadership.

Photo Series Captures The 'Beauty In Every Line' On The Faces Of LA's Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But if you ask Aimee Boschet, a moment capturing a glimpse into someone's eyes can make a picture ...

If We Don't Raise Our Voice About Climate Change, No One Will Do It For Us

Noëlla Nsamwa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Noëlla Nsamwa

This is our first priority for 2015: showing thousands of young people, and through them many more "adults," that a global agreement is necessary, and difficult ... but achievable.

Climate Change: Who Will Lead?

Jimmy Carter | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Jimmy Carter

It would be too easy to wash one's hands and blame politicians for their failure to address climate change. Any failure would be collective. Responding to climate change is everyone's responsibility.

She-lanthropy: Mabel van Oranje on Ending Child Marriage

Farah Mohamed | Posted 09.26.2013 | Home
Farah Mohamed

I have been accused of "stalking" people from time to time. I choose my subjects very carefully. They need to be inspirational, smart, ambitious, no...

A Promise to Girls

Desmond Tutu | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

Today is the first-ever International Day of the Girl. This is a day to celebrate the fact that it is girls who will change the world; that the empowerment of girls holds the key to development and security for families, communities and societies worldwide.

For the Future of Our Planet, a Dialogue Between Generations

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Desmond Tutu

For the sake of our planet, a conversation that needs to be heard is the one between generations, between elders and young people around the world -- and those who are in between.

Ending Child Marriage: Insights From Desmond Tutu And Mary Robinson

Marianne Schnall | Posted 04.07.2012 | Home
Marianne Schnall

Child marriage is one of the most shocking and disturbing practices facing girls around the world today. Every year, ten million girls are forcibly married before the age of eighteen, many as young as twelve or thirteen-years-old.

Elders Meet Occupiers: 20th And 21st-Century Movements Connect

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A delegation from the Council of Elders (veteran leaders of the freedom and peace movements of the mid-20th century) recently led an interfaith service at Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of OWS activists took part.

Mary Robinson and The Elders Make Child Marriage Prevention a Top Priority

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Working to bring together non-governmental agencies from around the world, Girls Not Brides is confronting a practice that prohibits 10 million girls -- annually -- of the right to an education, health, and security.

U.N. Week Announces "Girls Not Brides"

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

While the practice of child marriage has been rooted in the traditions of many communities for generations and has remained largely unchallenged, this is all about to change.

Let's End Child Marriage in a Generation

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 11.22.2011 | Women
Jennifer Buffett

On a learning trip to Ethiopia, where 49 percent of girls are married before they are 18, I came face to face with one of the biggest challenges that holds back the world's female population and keeps countries mired in poverty: child marriage.

New Global Campaign Takes Aim at Child Marriage

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

The Elders, an organization of eminent global leaders first convened by Nelson Mandela, have announced the launch of a major global initiative dedicated to ending child marriage within a generation.

Kim Jong-Il Ready To Talk

ReutersNorth Korean leader ready to restart talks on any issue: Carter | Posted 06.28.2011 | Home

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is willing to hold talks without preconditions on "any" issue, former President Jimmy Carter said at...

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

On 13 December 2010, The Elders released a joint statement that is sure to strike a chord with anyone interested and genuinely concerned with cause of...

Desmond Tutu, South African Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Archbishop, Retires At 79

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is stepping down from public life, as he celebrates his 79th birthday. The man described as the "conscience" of South Africa w...

The Elders Speak: Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter And Mary Robinson

Marianne Schnall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marianne Schnall

There is a diverse, all-star cast of some of today's most treasured and charismatic leaders who have come together online and off in a group called the Elders. Their mission: to fight for social justice.

Are Reappropriated Pensions in Our Future?

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Selman

There is no excuse for a company or a government taking an employee's money and promising a pension in return and then spending, squandering or stealing that money for short-term expenditures.

The Estimated Cost of Human Life in Zimbabwe is Four Dollars!

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

The state-backed violence has reached a pinnacle in rural areas. Mugabe and his allies think the rural vote will decide the octogenarian's grip on power.