The importance of maintaining multilateralism at the heart of international relations in order to overcome today’s greatest challenges, particularly climate change, was a key theme of The Elders’ recent board meeting.
“The physical as well as the political fate of the planet was a key topic at our meeting.” says Martti Ahtisaari who hosted the meeting in Finland. “As our Chair Kofi Annan has said, climate change is the great existential challenge of our age. If emissions, temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, large parts of Earth could become literally uninhabitable.
I believe this would be an unconscionable betrayal of future generations. I also believe that only concerted global action, based on the principles of fairness and equality, can tackle the challenge of climate change and produce solutions for an environmentally sustainable future.”
Read more about The Elders’ recent meeting and their response President Trump’s withdrawl from the Paris Agreement on climate change.