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The Elders Meet President Macron, Applaud French Climate Leadership

The Elders visited Paris from 11-12 December to meet President Emmanuel Macron for a discussion on global challenges from climate change to conflicts across the Middle East, and to participate at the One Planet climate summit.

Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ban Ki-moon, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson met President Macron at the Elysée Palace on 11 December.

They discussed climate action with the President, welcoming the French-hosted One Planet summit on 12 December as a chance to accelerate momentum and ambition in global climate policy to safeguard commitments made at the COP21 Paris summit in December 2015.

The Elders and President Macron also focused on conflicts in the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula and Myanmar; how to manage refugees and migration; and the need to reinforce the multilateral system underpinning international relations.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “President Macron has shown impressive leadership on climate, building on France’s success
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The Elders Condemn Us Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

The Elders today condemned Us President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a grave threat to peace across the Middle East.

They reaffirmed their own position that the city of Jerusalem must be shared between Israelis and Palestinians as part of a two-state solution based on the internationally-recognised 1967 border, which respects the human and political rights of all its residents.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former Un Secretary-General, said:

“There will be no lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians unless both parties’ rights and claims are respected in the historic city of Jerusalem. I deeply regret today’s decision by the Us President, reversing a long-held position and breaking with the international consensus on Jerusalem. I hope Palestinians and regional Arab powers will react with restraint, and Us allies will do all they can to realign Washington’s policy with international norms.
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The Elders Call For Fair Elections And Inclusive, Peaceful Transition In Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

The Elders today called on all political, military and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe to work together towards free and fair elections and a peaceful, inclusive transition following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.

They urged all stakeholders to implement immediate socio-economic measures to address urgent issues that affect ordinary Zimbabweans’ welfare and provide relief to their pain and suffering. Zimbabwe’s neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) countries must do all they can to support a successful political process that respects human rights and returns stability and growth to the country.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The period between now and the 2018 election is critical both for reconciliation and organised transition in Zimbabwe. All stakeholders should come together and engage in serious debate on a future vision and public policy.”

Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders and a former freedom fighter in Mozambique, said:
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The Elders Condemn Libya Slave Auctions, Demand Migrants' Rights Respected

The Elders today strongly condemned “slave auctions” of African migrants in Libya and urged the international community to take all necessary steps to protect the rights and dignity of all people, especially vulnerable foreigners, in the conflict-wracked country.

They shared the concern and dismay expressed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and called for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “I am shocked and angered by the recent media reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libyan auctions. The Libyan authorities must take urgent steps to eradicate these abuses, and the international community must provide necessary political and logistical support to bring criminals to justice.”

The Elders reiterated their call for increased legal pathways for migration so displaced people do not have to rely on smugglers and organised crime networks.
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The Elders Urge End Of Yemen Blockade To Avert Further Humanitarian Crisis

The Elders today called on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners to lift the land, sea, and air blockade of Yemen to avert an escalation of the humanitarian disaster in the war-stricken country.

They shared the concerns of the United Nations and relief agencies that closing aid channels aggravates the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, where millions of people are at risk of famine, cholera, and other health crises.

The Elders were particularly alarmed at reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross (Icrc) was unable to get clearance to ship chlorine tablets from Saudi Arabia into Yemen, noting that over 900,000 cases of cholera have been reported since April 2017.

The Elders also condemned all military actions in Yemen and the region that target or threaten civilians.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:

“The civilian population of Yemen is paying a horrendous price for the war waged by
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The Elders Stand In Solidarity With Pope Francis On Peace, Refugees, Climate

The Elders met His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday 6 November to express their appreciation and support for his work on global peace, refugees and migration, and climate change.

Lakhdar Brahimi, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Ricardo Lagos meet Pope Francis

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Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ricardo Lagos and Mary Robinson spoke with Pope Francis about a wide range of international affairs at his private residence.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Pope Francis has shown great moral leadership on the crucial issues of our time. His assertion of the values of peace and human dignity resonates with people of all faiths, and those of none. The Elders are proud to stand in solidarity with him today and in the future as we work for justice and universal human rights.”

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17314-the-elders-stand-in-solidarity-with-pope-francis-on-peace-refugees-climate

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The Elders Call On Myanmar To Allow Return Of Displaced Rohingya

The Elders today called on Myanmar’s government and military leaders to end all military operations in Rakhine State, and allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh and other countries to return.

Following their board meeting in London, The Elders also expressed their deep concern and dismay at the wave of violence and destruction that has scarred Rakhine in recent months. Those who are responsible for these crimes must be held to account.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

“The violence and displacement, persecution and killings in Rakhine State must stop. The hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes must be allowed to return and live dignified lives, and their peace and security must be assured by state security forces. Sustainable peace in Rakhine – and Myanmar – can only be achieved when there are tangible improvements to the lives of the Rakhine and Muslim communities in the state.
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Spotlight: The Elders's Celebrity Supporters

Based on an initiative by Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of The Elders in July 2007 in Johannesburg on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Members of The Elders are: Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair).

The Elders are a group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide.

They include the former holders of some of the world’s most important and demanding posts, and individuals with an extraordinary track record on peace-making, reconciliation and social change.

Independent of government and no longer holding public office, the Elders are helping tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems, through both private advocacy and public work.

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The Elders Applaud Palestinian Reconciliation; Renew Call For End To Blockade Of Gaza

The Elders warmly welcomed the reconciliation agreement reached by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo last Thursday.

The agreement is an essential step towards the full reunification of the West Bank and Gaza, and keeps alive prospects for the peaceful emergence of a Palestinian state.

After 10 years of internal conflict, and several previous failed attempts at reconciliation, the latest developments also hold out the prospect of an end to the blockade of Gaza. During this period, the lives of over two million Gazans have been blighted by three destructive wars and tight restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the territory.

The Elders commended the crucial role played by the Egyptian Government in bringing about this latest – and most promising – reconciliation initiative.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former Un Secretary-General, said: “The restoration of a single authority throughout the occupied territories is long overdue.
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The Elders Deplore Us Decertification Of Iran Nuclear Deal As Threat To Peace

The Elders have deplored in the strongest terms the decision of Us President Donald Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal as a threat to global peace and stability.

They noted that the decision flies in the face of official statements from the Us Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Us Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford and the International Atomic Energy Authority that Iran is fully complying with the deal.

The Elders called on the other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Jcpoa) – Iran, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and the European Union – to continue to do everything in their power to sustain the spirit and implementation of the accord.

They also urged members of the Us Congress to refrain from imposing fresh sanctions on Iran, as a step likely to strengthen hardliners. The Elders believe that, instead, paths for serious confidential dialogue
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The Elders Express Dismay At United States And Israel Withdrawal From Unesco

The Elders have expressed dismay over the announcements by the United States and Israel that they intend to withdraw from membership of Unesco, the Un’s education, social and cultural organisation.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former Un Secretary-General, said:

“While I very much regret the decisions of the Us and Israel to pull out of Unesco over alleged anti-Israel bias, I hope this will not be the final word. I encourage the governments concerned to choose engagement ahead of disengagement and reconsider their positions over the next year.”

The Elders are particularly concerned that the departure from the family of international organisations of two member states could undermine the multilateral system.

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17214-the-elders-express-dismay-at-united-states-and-israel-withdrawal-from-unesco

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United Nations Foundation To Host 2017 Global Leadership Dinner

The United Nations Foundation will host the 2017 Global Leadership Dinner on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in New York to recognize the achievement of leaders who have helped tackle the world’s most pressing global challenges.

The gathering represents a moment to honor and thank those who help the United Nations achieve its vital work in advancing a more peaceful, just world.

This year’s dinner will also mark the 20th anniversary of Ted Turner’s announcement of a historic $1 billion gift to Un causes.

Honorees and Speakers include:

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

His Highness the Aga Khan

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Senator Bob Corker, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (via video)

Agnès Marcaillou, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (Unmas)

Daniel Craig, Actor and Un Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards

Ellie Goulding, Singer, Songwriter, and Record Producer

Grant F. Reid, CEO and President,
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The Elders Call For Dialogue And Restraint Over Catalonia Crisis

The Elders today expressed their deep concern at the recent violent confrontation in Catalonia and urged both sides to pursue a peaceful resolution through dialogue.

The Elders applauded the progress that Spain has made since its democratic transition in 1975. This achievement should not be put at risk. The potential political, economic and social repercussions of a protracted crisis should not be underestimated.

They called on both sides to refrain from any more divisive and inflammatory language and actions.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders said: “The constitutional crisis that is unfolding in Spain calls for consultation and not confrontation. I urge the Spanish government and the regional government of Catalonia to renew their commitment to a resolution through dialogue. They must find a peaceful path out of this crisis.”

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17184-the-elders-call-for-dialogue-and-restraint-over-catalonia-crisis

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The Elders Urge Strong Multilateral Response To Dprk Nuclear Tensions

The Elders today urged the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Dprk) to address nuclear tensions in a calm, sober and respectful way, to avoid further escalation and potentially devastating military conflict.

They expressed their support for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who warned in his speech to the Un General Assembly in New York that “fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings”. They stressed that only a strong multilateral response can succeed in resolving the issue peacefully.

The Elders also deplored the recent nuclear test and missile launches by the Dprk. These actions are a clear violation of the Dprk’s obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons. The Elders urged the Dprk to halt its nuclear programme and pursue a peaceful settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The current situation in the Korean peninsula is deeply alarming.
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6 Milestones From Amal Clooney's Career That Prove She's a Legal Badass

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While walking inside the Un to deliver a passionate address persuading member states to take appropriate legal action to stop Isis, Amal Clooney was photographed by the paparazzi. It didn't take long before the photos popped up online, but instead of seeing headlines accompanying the photos in praise of her speech, the attention was aimed primarily at her baby bump. Like Tina Fey did at the Golden Globes in 2015, many came to Amal's defense by citing her extensive list of impressive accomplishments as a way of saying, hey, there's a lot more to her than simply a pregnant stomach. Since 2010, the 39-year-old barrister has worked for Britain's Doughty Street Chambers, where she's specialized in international criminal law, public international law, and human rights. Before that, she spent time as a defense attorney for one of the world's most well-respected law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell, in New York. We could go on
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Rihanna Named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Rihanna Named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year
Rihanna is set to receive an award for her commitment to charity.

The 29-year-old singer has been named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, and will be presented with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award during a ceremony on campus next week.

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"Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados," S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation's director said in a statement on Wednesday. "She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of
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Amal Clooney Adds New Job to an Already Impressive Resume

Amal Clooney Adds New Job to an Already Impressive Resume
Amal Clooney is adding another impressive line to her resume!

The London-based barrister will lecture on human rights law at Columbia Law School this spring as a visiting professor and senior fellow with the Law School’s Human Rights Institute.

"It is an honor to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool," said Clooney in a statement. "I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here."

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Clooney has previously served as a senior adviser to Kofi Annan, and represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings. Clooney has also handled cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the U.S. and the U.K.

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George Clooney, Trophy Husband?! Powerhouse Females Take Center Stage at the 2015 Golden Globes

George Clooney, Trophy Husband?! Powerhouse Females Take Center Stage at the 2015 Golden Globes
In case you didn't watch the Golden Globes, here's a little spoiler: It was all about the ladies. And we were loving every minute.   From watching the dynamic duo that is Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to acknowledging that all eyes were on Amal Clooney (who's that husband George of hers, anyway?), it was time for a number of fierce females to shine at the 72nd annual ceremony, where a bevy of beauties stole the spotlight from their hunky movie star husbands.  "Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person Un commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight...
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Golden Globes 2015: The alternative awards from best wife to best meme

1. Best wife – Amal Clooney

The new Mrs Clooney (née Alamuddin) out-glammed half the red carpet but rarely has a plus-one looked so awkwardly out of place . Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who won the whole night with their opening monologue, put it best when Fey said: "Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award!" George later thanked her in his speech while she looked for the exit.
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6 Times Amal Was Totally Unimpressed With Her Husband's Award Show

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Amal Alamuddin may have been the most exciting guest at Sunday night's Golden Globes; it was the first time we've seen her on the red carpet at an award show since she and George Clooney tied the knot back in September, and the minute she stepped out of her car, all eyes were on her. She stunned in a black Dior Haute Couture gown, which she accessorized with her own white opera-length gloves, and was eloquent and charismatic while speaking to reporters. She was a total natural! Inside, though, Amal seemed pretty unimpressed with her husband's silly award show - we imagine her sitting there in the room, among A-list Hollywood stars, silently thinking, "So this is what you do?" Tina Fey and Amy Poehler paid homage to the accomplished lawyer in their opening monologue (resulting in one of the funniest jokes of the night), and Amal mustered a polite
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