SPP recipients join the Elders

19 July 2007 at 11:17 am | Posted in Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, News, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Several Sydney Peace Prize recipients have joined the Elders, a group of world renowned figures who will tackle global crises which governments are unable or unwilling to confront.

The group was launched on former South African president Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday on Wednesday.

“Using their collective experience, their moral courage and their ability to rise above nation, race and creed, they can make our planet a more peaceful and equitable place to live,” Mandela said of the Elders.

Mandela said the humanitarian group could be a “robust force for good” in dealing with challenges such as climate change and global pandemics, to “that entirely human-created affliction, violent conflict”.

The group was the initiative of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.

Founding members of the Elders include former US president Jimmy Carter, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, human rights activist Graca Machel, former Chinese diplomat Li Zhaoxing, Indian entreprenuer Ela Bhatt and Norwegian doctor and politican  Gro Harlem Brundtland.

1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipeint Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 2002 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, the former Irish president, Mary Robinson and 1998 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus are also founding members of the Elders.

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