Today, on Nelson Mandela Day, we remember Mandela’s legacy. It is a legacy marked by solidarity, justice and togetherness. But more than anything else, it is a legacy of hope.

Nelson Mandela founded The Elders on his birthday on 18 July 2007. To mark the anniversary, this week, we launched a series of events focused on the global state of hope.


“The Elders will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.”
– Nelson Mandela


The Elders’ State of Hope included talks by Mary Robinson, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, Hina Jilani and Juan Manuel Santos, further contributions from Ban Ki-moon and Graça Machel, as well as responses from Malala Yousafzai, Col. Chris Hadfield, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd, Sally Osberg, Vanessa Nakate and Louise Arbour.


Thank you to everyone who took part and participated in the discussion.

Did you miss it? It is not too late, you can still watch the talks and the live event here.


Watch the talks


In a special episode of the Finding Humanity podcast, Mary Robinson and Graça Machel reflect on the legacy of Mandela and how his fight against apartheid, injustice and inequality continues to inspire us today.



Listen to the Finding Humanity podcast

Happy Mandela Day!