The Elders

Kofi Annan

Dear friends,

The Elders met in Ireland earlier this month for our biannual meeting. We had a very productive meeting as we discussed strategic priorities for the next few years – including the appointment of two new Elders which we will share with you soon.

We were also delighted that Gro Harlem Brundtland has agreed to be our Deputy Chair and I had the honour of being appointed by my fellow Elders to succeed Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Chair.

As you may know, Archbishop Tutu was instrumental in bringing The Elders together in 2007. Since then he has led our group with a firm hand, irrepressible humour and boundless optimism, even when dealing with the most challenging subjects.

It is difficult to imagine ‘The Elders’ without Archbishop Tutu in charge. Whilst he remains an honorary member and will always be part of The Elders family, we will certainly miss his warm presence at our meetings and his influence as we carry out our work. We therefore felt a mixture of sadness and deep gratitude when he announced that he would be stepping down.

Although we are Elders, our organisation is less than six years old. To quote our outgoing Chair, we are still very much ‘learning to Elder’, still working out how we can be most effective and identifying where we can have the greatest impact.

We are, as ever, reliant on your support and encouragement in our endeavours and I look forward to keeping in touch with you as we develop our plans for the future.

With best wishes,

Kofi A Annan

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