Our Global Village
The Elders is founded on the idea that we now live in a ‘global village’, an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world. We believe in listening to everyone, both critical and supportive, and encourage debate about the issues we work on.
Whether you’re an activist, someone affected by conflict, or you want to share a message: use this space to hear from the people the Elders are working with, join the discussion and connect with other members of our community. —> http://theelders.org/global-village
How was the group formed?
The concept originates from a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was simple: many communities look to their elders for guidance, or to help resolve disputes. In an increasingly interdependent world – a ‘global village’ – could a small, dedicated group of individuals use their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today?
Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel took their idea of a group of ‘global elders’ to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together and formally launched the group in Johannesburg, July 2007. —> http://theelders.org/about
- 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. —> http://theelders.org/about
The Elders is an unusual organisation with a distinct way of working. The Elders work strategically, focusing on areas where they are uniquely placed to make a difference.
This can mean engaging in private advocacy, using their collective influence to open doors and gain access to decision-makers. At other times, The Elders work publicly to promote neglected issues and speak out against injustice. The group decides collectively where there is the greatest opportunity to make a real impact, whether this is:
- Opening doors to gain access to decision-makers at the highest levels
- Listening to everyone, no matter how unpalatable or unpopular, to promote dialogue
- Providing an independent voice that can speak out, challenge injustice and break taboos
- Bringing people together to catalyse action and forge alliances
- Amplifying and supporting the work of people affected by conflict or working for peace
- Creating space for campaigners and policy makers to broach difficult issues
- Connecting people with decision-makers, ensuring the needs of ordinary citizens are always represented
- Highlighting neglected issues to generate media coverage and political attention
The Elders are cautious not to claim all the credit for making a difference. Much of The Elders’ work is dedicated to supporting the efforts of other campaigners and advocates, giving them a platform to make their voices heard. Read blogs by some of the activists The Elders have worked with.
The Elders are in regular contact with each other, and meet twice a year to review their activities, discuss current priorities and plan their upcoming work.
Identifying situations where the Elders’ involvement can make a positive impact, and where they – as Elders – are uniquely placed to act, often means making difficult decisions. The group isn’t always able to intervene in particular conflicts or prevent cases of human rights abuse. These decisions are always made by consensus and new areas of work are only adopted with the agreement of the group. —> http://theelders.org/about
The Elders’ work
- Arab Awakening
- Child marriage
- Elders plus Youngers
- Middle East peace
- Equality for girls & women
- Korean Peninsula
- Sudan & South Sudan
May 14, 2013
“Products made in Israeli settlements, are illegal under international law.”
Former US president Jimmy Carter is pushing the European Union to implement a law forcing products coming out of the West Bank settlements to be labeled as such, according to a report in the Irish Times.
“The EU has repeatedly condemned settlement expansion in the West Bank,” Carter was quoted as saying, “it could therefore introduce a clear labeling of products made in Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”
Carter said that European diplomats share his belief that any Israeli building beyond the 1967 lines are an “(illegal) intrusion by Israel into Palestine.”
Carter’s comments came while visiting Dublin in the company of a group called the “Elders,” a private of group of world leaders.
His sentiments on the issue of product labeling were echoed by one of the “Elders” in the form of former Ireland president Mary Robinson. However Robinson was quick to note that the move is not an attack on Israel, but rather an effort to push along a stagnant peace process, according to the Irish Times.
“People throughout Europe, in their capacity as consumers, have the power to reignite hope in the Middle East,” she said. “As Israel’s largest trading partner, the EU could send a strong signal by introducing clear, EU-wide labeling guidelines.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
Products made in “East Washington” are not illegal under international law. Neither the products made in East London. [DTW note: Notice, this is what was done in South Africa as well, Israeli products were to be labelled as illegal – now we know who came up with this idea, The Elders.]
When you claim that East Jerusalem is “illegally occupied”, you demonize and delegitimize that state of Israel. You basically want to set up a Berlin style wall in the capital of of the state of Israel.
Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.
When you raise such claims, you are not only promoting an Islamic re-occupation of the city of David. You brand Jews as thief’s, and force them to return their own land to their enemies. You are also supporting political forces that have the same spiritual base as the Nazis. They search for the “final solution to the Jewish problem”.
Shame on these “elders” who attack Jewish properties in a similar fashion as those who supported Adolf Hitler.
Written by Ivar
————– [The Elders]