The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.
The Elders represent an independent voice, not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution.
They are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights we all share.
They believe that in any conflict, it is important to listen to everyone - no matter how unpalatable or unpopular this may be.
They aim to act boldly, speaking difficult truths and tackling taboos.
They don’t claim to have all the answers, and stress that every individual can make a difference and create positive change in their society.
Elders no longer hold public office; they are independent of any national government or other vested interest. They should have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership.
The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience:
1. The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world.
2. The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild.
3. The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries - whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle.
4. The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women.
An Elder is also a changemaker - someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same.See more