The event was organized by LACLIMA and Cebri with leaders from a group founded by Nelson Mandela

“The Elders” is a group of global leaders in the defense of peace, justice and a sustainable planet. They met with 14 young people from different regions of Brazil at an event on May 29, in São Paulo. Promoted by LACLIMA and the Brazilian Center for International Relations (Cebri), both iCS grantees, the meeting had the theme: “Leadership with a Long-Term Vision and Climate Justice: How Brazil can lead the world.”

Among the representatives of the initiative, created by Nelson Mandela in 2007, were Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, Gro Harlen Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, Juan Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia, and Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2018. The meeting was also attended by Aniele Franco, the minister of Racial Equality in Brazil, Paulo Galvão, an indigenous leader and socioenvironmental activist, and Alice Amorim, director of partnerships and communication at iCS.

For the group, Brazil, with its vast population, significant economy and the greatest biodiversity in the world, has the total capacity to lead the transition to a low carbon economy. However, the leaders believe that political will and the awareness of civil society are needed for the country to take on this leading role.

Gro Brundtland recalled the 1987 report “Our Common Future” that brought the concept of sustainable development into the public discourse and called on decision makers to have “higher expectations and increased political will.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf emphasized that the future generations will hold us accountable for this.

Climate justice, public policies and biodiversity are among the topics of conversation of the leaders of group formed by Nelson Mandela with young people, during an event by LACLIMA and Cebri. Photos: Joel Rocha

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