Sunday 19 January 2020

Old friends reunite for 'Elders' meeting

Louise Hogan

FORMER President Mary Robinson joined forces with former South African president Nelson Mandela and other eminent leaders for a brain-storming session with a difference at the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A meeting of 'The Elders' -- a group whose membership list reads like a 'who's who' of eminent political and humanitarian global figureheads -- was staged in private but 'The Elders' are expected later today to reveal some details of their discussions.

The group, which was founded three years ago by Mr Mandela on his 89th birthday to work toward solutions on world problems, met to discuss both Africa's great potential and its future challenges.

Among the great thinkers on the select membership list are former President and UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson, former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan.

In our picture Mrs Robinson shakes hands with Mr Mandela while Mr Carter (right) and Mr Tutu (second right) look on.

Irish Independent

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