Walk Together Campaign
Amidst growing intolerance and polarisation, The Elders mark their 10th anniversary by launching “Walk Together”, a year-long 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 – until 18 July 2018, the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
The campaign will continue Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom, by building global empathy and supporting civil society on issues of peace, health, justice and equality.
The above film launches the campaign. It shows Nelson Mandela’s vision for a better world and begins with footage from The Elders’ first meeting in 2007. It includes unseen footage of Nelson Mandela with accompanying interviews from President and Nobel Peace Laureate, Jimmy Carter; Co-Founder of The Elders, Graça Machel; and first female President of Ireland, Mary Robinson. The documentary celebrates their work across the world, providing insight into the delicate negotiations that have gone on to address conflicts and geopolitical tensions in Iran, the Korean Peninsula, Cyprus and Israel/Palestine, and the group’s public advocacy on issues such as climate change, child marriage, equality for girls and women, and refugees and migration.
Join #WalkTogether today by sharing a picture of yourself walking in someone else’s shoes, to show solidarity for a more hopeful, connected world.