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State of Hope Gatherings
COVID-19 has underscored humanity’s interconnectedness and the indispensability of multilateral cooperation to safeguard lives and livelihoods. Mary Robinson explores how a similar approach is needed to tackle other existential challenges including climate change and nuclear weapons, and how Nelson Mandela continues to provide an inspiring example of empathetic, ethical leadership.
The Elders believe that strong, effective and principled multilateralism is essential to tackle the shared challenges facing humanity. The United Nations is the most inclusive framework for developing solutions rooted in human rights, equality and sustainability, and The Elders work to support its global mission.
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“COVID-19 has exposed the failures of narrow nationalism and populist politics that disdains scientific evidence and empathy.” – Mary Robinson
Chair of The Elders
Former President of Ireland
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Mary Robinson is a founding member of The Elders and Chair since 2018. The first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson is a passionate champion of gender equality, multilateralism and climate justice.
Mary Robinson’s address considers our shared challenges, the power of collective action and solidarity to tackle the common existential threats we all face, including climate change, nuclear weapons and pandemics. Remembering the spirit in which Nelson Mandela launched The Elders, she emphasises how humanity can thrive when we act with a common purpose.
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Chris Hadfield is an astronaut, engineer, fighter test pilot and the first Canadian to walk in space. A globally known science communicator, Col. Hadfield flew 3 space missions and commanded the International Space Station. Since retiring from government service he advises several aerospace companies, taught a MasterClass, is a multiple NY Times bestselling author, a YouTube sensation and a much-sought TV presenter and public speaker.
UN Special Envoy for Global Education
Former Prime Minister of the UK
Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, following 10 years as Chancellor of the Exchequer – the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. A globally recognised voice on global affairs and shared challenges, Mr Brown is a strong advocate for global justice and development, and currently serves as the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education.