Our Mission

A year-long campaign to continue Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom, by building global empathy and supporting civil society on issues of peace, health, justice and equality. 

Amidst growing intolerance and polarisation, The Elders mark their 10th anniversary by launching a global campaign to help bridge the deepening global fault lines of division, hate and xenophobia that are leading to inward-facing populism.

Focusing on the freedoms and principles their founder Nelson Mandela devoted his life to achieving -- peace, health, equality and justice -- The Elders will champion and give a platform to courageous voices in civil society who assert the values of empathy, compassion and solidarity.

The campaign will run for twelve months from 18 July 2017 – the tenth anniversary of the group’s founding – to 18 July 2018, the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Discover more about the key themes tackled by the campaign below and watch the campaign launch livestream.