We are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights we all share. For more information about the Elders, see their biographies on the website. United Nations, New York, USA, May 09 2017 – Press briefing by representatives of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights today at the UN Headquarters in New York. UNIFEED Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of the Elders, addressing journalists. Former Irish president Mary Robinson replaces Kofi Annan as chair of United Nations Elders Started by Nelson Mandela in 2007, Robinson is the third … Thematic areas of work include climate change, the empowerment of girls & women, the strengthening of the United Nations and campaigning for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Further information: Visit The Elders … This is the first time The Elders have attended the internationally renowned Munich Security Conference. The Elders’ work from 2016 included launching a campaign for Universal Health Coverage and promoting a coordinated international response to refugees and mass migration. Mary Robinson, a former United Nations official and a representative of “The Elders”- an independent group of global leaders - said the United States would become “a rogue state” if it pulls out of the Paris climate change agreement. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on 7 February 2015, The Elders announced four recommendations for strengthening the United Nations, including a review of the composition of its Security Council. The Elders represent an independent voice, not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution. Report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations; A/55/305-S/2000/809; Selected examples of former appointments are listed below, this is not an exhaustive list or complete curriculum vitae for the Elders. The Elders have published their latest Annual Review: Solidarity Beyond Borders. The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.