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Mandela Forms Elders to Work on World Problems

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-7-22 This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

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2007-7-22

this is the voa special english development report.

former south african president nelson mandela celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday last week by launching "the elders." this is a group of men and women with almost one thousand years of collective experience to deal with world issues. among them are former president jimmy carter and former united nations secretary general kofi annan.

former south african president nelson mandela, surrounded from left by his wife graca machel, british singer peter gabriel, british entrepreneur richard branson and former u.s. president jimmy carter

former south african archbishop desmond tutu will be the chairman. other members include indian social activist ela bhatt, former norwegian prime minister gro harlem brundtland and former irish president mary robinson. bangladeshi economist and grameen bank founder muhammad yunus and former chinese foreign minister li zhaoxing are also elders.

nelson mandela presented the group at a news conference in johannesburg with his wife, graca machel, a children's rights activist. one chair was empty. it represented the final elder: aung san suu kyi, the pro-democracy leader under house arrest in burma.

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