Join The Elders for a week of online talks and discussions about the global state of hope from 12 July.

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What is hope? Why do we need it? And how can it help us tackle some of the world’s most intractable challenges?

On this topic, we will hear from Elders Mary Robinson, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, Hina Jilani and Juan Manuel Santos as well as responses from other inspiring leaders from across the world.


Mary Robinson on our shared challenges

Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield brings a truly planetary perspective in reflecting on the talk by Mary Robinson about the power of collective action; and Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister, speaks about how important it is to work together to create change.


Zeid Raad Al Hussein on human rights

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation Senior Advisor and a renowned philanthropist, respond to Zeid Raad Al Hussein and voice the idea that while the human rights agenda is often a source of concern, it can also be a source of hope.


Hina Jilani on the global crisis of injustice

Responding to Hina Jilani’s remarks on how to tackle the global crisis of injustice – where she draws on her own experience as a human rights lawyer and women’s movement leader in Pakistan – former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate add their voices to the call for greater solidarity.


Juan Manuel Santos on peacemaking

Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai and former UN Secretary-General and Deputy Chair of The Elders Ban Ki-moon share their thoughts on Juan Manuel Santos’ talk about conflict, peacebuilding, and what Nelson Mandela taught him about making peace in fractured societies.


Watch The Elders’ State of Hope talks from 12 July
Join the Elders live online on 16 July.

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