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How can global citizens #WalkTogether to foster peace in the world?

The event took place on Monday 23rd October 2017.

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See The Elders, a group of former world leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, and our own Future Leaders Connect members in a courageous conversation about the pathways to Peace in a complex world.

About The Elders

The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights brought together by Nelson Mandela a decade ago. #WalkTogether is a year-long campaign in the lead up to Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary, to inspire hope in the world, by celebrating courageous moral leadership for the freedoms for Peace, Health, Justice and Equality and building global empathy and compassion.

Who are The Elders? 

  • Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): Founder of The Elders. Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Martti Ahtisaari: Former President of Finland. Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Kofi Annan: Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders
  • Ban Ki-moon: Former UN Secretary-General, former South-Korean Foreign Minister and diplomat
  • Lakhdar Brahimi: Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland: First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders
  • Hina Jilani: Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner
  • Ricardo Lagos: Former President of Chile
  • Graça Machel: International advocate for women’s and children's rights and Co-founder of The Elders
  • Mary Robinson: First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ernesto Zedillo: Former President of Mexico 

The following are Elders Emeritus: 

  • Desmond Tutu: Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Founding Chair of The Elders
  • Ela Bhatt: The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development
  • Fernando H Cardoso: Former President of Brazil
  • Jimmy Carter: Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate