Members of the Elders in the World of Books
Publish Date : Tuesday 28 January 2014 - 14:34
Former UN chief Kofi Annan, head of a group of ex-global leaders known as the Elders, arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday to boost dialogue between Iran and the international community.
Annan is accompanied by Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, South Africa's Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo.
The group, formed in 2007, is made up of 12 global leaders who try "to promote peace, justice and human rights," according to its website.
Among the visiting Elders there are some writers like Former UN chief Kofi Annan and South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu.
On 4 September 2012, Annan published his memoir, ‘Interventions: A Life in War and Peace,’ written with Nader Mousavizadeh. The book is described as a personal biography of so-called global statecraft.
Based on his experiences, Annan has written several other books and edited numerous works some of which include 'The Media and the Rwanda Genocide', 'The Circle of Empowerment' and 'We the Peoples: The Nobel Lecture Given by The 2001 Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan'.
Moreover Desmond Mpilo Tutu has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.
He is the author of seven collections of sermons and other writings including ‘Crying in the Wilderness’, ‘Hope and Suffering: Sermons and Speeches, ‘The Words of Desmond Tutu’, ‘The Rainbow People of God: The Making of a Peaceful Revolution’, ‘Worshipping Church in Africa’, ‘The Essential Desmond Tutu’, ‘No Future without Forgiveness’, ‘An African Prayerbook’ and ‘God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time’.
He has also co-authored or made other contributions to numerous books.
Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari the tenth President of Finland (1994–2000) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has also co-authored or edited several books namely ‘After the Fall: The Future of Global Cooperation: Geneva Reports on the World Economy 14’ and ‘The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence’.