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Collective wisdom for a better tomorrow: The Elders


Collective wisdom for a better tomorrow: The Elders
Collective wisdom for a better tomorrow: The Elders

Drawing on their extensive experience and influential reach, The Elders strive to promote peace, justice, human rights, and a sustainable planet. Having individually contributed to diverse domains, such as resolving longstanding conflicts, challenging political norms, driving social change, pioneering sustainable development paradigms, advocating for women's leadership, and facilitating historic international agreements, their collective wisdom aims to catalyze moral leadership, foster agreement, and instill hope.


"The Elders can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. Together they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.”

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate



The organization champions the principles of courageous and compassionate decision-making, raising awareness about ethical choices and holding those in power accountable for their commitments. Standing in solidarity with advocates of inclusivity, equality, and justice, The Elders use their reputations and shared experiences to influence world leaders toward ethical decision-making.




Focused on addressing existential threats requiring a collective response, such as climate change, pandemics, nuclear weapons, and conflicts, The Elders stand as a beacon of hope. Founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, this independent group of global leaders is unwavering in their commitment to shaping a world where people coexist peacefully, respecting human rights, eliminating poverty, and fostering fear-free environments for individuals to realize their full potential.


“It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate


Central to their efforts in addressing the climate crisis is the belief that their influence is magnified through close collaboration with civil society networks. By aligning themselves with these networks, The Elders maximize their impact, conveying the right message to the right people at the right time. They advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices in climate change planning and policy-making processes, understanding that vulnerability to the climate crisis is not solely determined by environmental exposure, but also by societal inequalities.


More information: www.theelders.org

Youtube credits: @theeldersorg

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