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The Elders call for urgent review of foreign military assistance to Israel over Gaza atrocities

December 4, 2023 – The Elders today call for governments providing military assistance to Israel to review their approach, and set conditions for any future provision. They warn that Israel’s renewed military campaign in Gaza risks fuelling an escalating cycle of mass atrocities. Israel’s disproportionate response to the horrendous terror attacks by Hamas on 7 […]

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The Elders welcome historic breakthrough on loss and damage at COP27, but call on G20 leaders to phase out fossil fuels faster

The agreement reached at COP27 in Egypt shows that solidarity and co-operation between nations on the world’s most pressing issues is possible through negotiation and compromise, even in testing times. But the world needs urgent actions, not just carefully crafted words, to avoid climate catastrophe. We welcome governments’ reaffirmation of the need to limit the […]

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The Elders call for a criminal tribunal to investigate alleged crime of aggression in Ukraine

The Elders today call for a special criminal tribunal to investigate the alleged crime of aggression in Ukraine, and hold President Putin to account for the invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. The Elders welcome the opening of an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor into alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity or […]

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The Elders deplore dereliction of leadership, as COP26 gives leaders twelve months to take more decisive action on climate crisis

November 15, 2021 – Following the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow, The Elders express their deep disappointment that world leaders have not yet had the courage to head off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  The Elders call on the UN Secretary-General to take a direct lead in maintaining relentless pressure on the worst-performing states, until they do their part to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. Such leadership should draw on his admirable new […]

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The Elders condemn Israel’s illegal settlement expansion and call on its allies to act

The Elders today expressed their grave concern at the advancement of Israeli plans for more than 3,100 new homes in illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Such action directly threatens the viability of the two-state solution, violates Palestinian rights and undermines the claims of Israel’s new coalition government to be following a more constructive […]

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The Elders urge heads of state to demonstrate personal leadership on pandemic prevention

The Elders today called on world leaders to take direct, personal responsibility for leading efforts to prevent a future global pandemic and manage the continued threat posed by COVID-19, by publicly committing to decisive actions in the collective public interest. Following their first in-person meeting for over twenty months in Washington DC, The Elders appealed […]

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The Elders call on UN Security Council to address root causes of Israeli-Palestinian violence

The Elders today called on the UN Security Council to act urgently to prevent further military attacks in Israel and Palestine and address the root causes of the conflict. Hamas must cease its indiscriminate rocket strikes against Israeli civilians, and Israel must immediately end its assault on Gaza, which has resulted in many civilian deaths. […]

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The Elders deeply regret the postponement of Palestinian elections

As Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announces the postponement of parliamentary elections, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson express concern for reconciliation and democratic rights. Lakhdar Brahimi, member of The Elders said: “Over the past year, The Elders have held virtual meetings with Palestinian civil society and young activists. Many were disillusioned by the lack of progress […]

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The Elders welcome US re-engagement on climate, WHO; call for renewed commitment on nuclear threat

January 21, 2021 – The Elders today welcomed the decisions by newly-inaugurated US President Joe Biden to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and cease the process of withdrawal from the World Health Organization.   They encouraged similar multilateral engagement on nuclear arms control and international security issues, including a quick agreement to extend the New START nuclear agreement with Russia, and re-engagement with Iran and the international community on […]

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The Elders express deep concern at failure to respect US democratic transition of power

November 12, 2020 – The Elders today expressed deep concern about US President Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the protocols and processes governing the transition of power, as putting at risk the functioning of American democracy. The continued assertions of electoral fraud by the President and some senior members of the Administration and of […]

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The Elders hope for a sea-change in US engagement on global challenges

November 9, 2020 – The Elders congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory. They also welcome the scale of voter participation in this US election, underscoring the resilience of American democracy. The Elders hope that the incoming administration, as well as seeking to unite a divided country, will […]

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The Elders call for global resolve and solidarity in fight against COVID-19

March 18, 2020 – The Elders today call on global leaders and citizens alike to root their response to the Covid-19 pandemic in humanitarian principles and solidarity to save lives, defend rights and protect the most vulnerable groups in society. The pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge for governments, heads of state and international institutions. As […]

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The Elders' statement on the unprecedented attack on multilateralism

The multilateral system is under unprecedented attack. Isolationist and arbitrary actions by leading powers, including the United States, are threatening to undermine critical efforts to tackle global challenges from nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation to climate change, and the regulation of international trade. The Elders urge all world leaders to acknowledge that effective multilateralism is in […]

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