Press conference in Yangon on Thursday 18 December
On Friday 12 December 2014, four members of The Elders will begin a one-week visit to Thailand (12–13 December) and Myanmar (14–18 December).
Ahead of a pivotal year for Myanmar, the Elders are continuing their efforts to encourage progress towards an inclusive, democratic and just society that reflects the full diversity and talents of the Myanmar people, and to help bring about a lasting peace to ongoing conflict with different ethnic groups.
The Elders travelling to the region are:
- Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, former Director-General of the World Health Organization and Deputy Chair of The Elders (delegation leader);
- Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate;
- Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and United Nations envoy;
- Hina Jilani, international human rights defender from Pakistan.
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Elders will meet the Women’s League of Burma and other groups to discuss current concerns.
In Yangon, Myanmar, the Elders will have private meetings. In Nay Pyi Taw, they will have meetings with senior members of the Myanmar government, the armed forces and parliament.
This will be the third time that the Elders have travelled to Myanmar in little over a year. Following their first visit alongside fellow Elder Jimmy Carter (former US President) in September 2013, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Martti Ahtisaari returned to the country for the Elders’ second visit in March 2014.