Sir Richard Branson has revealed that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is helping to establish The Elders.

“When I think about the things I am most proud of, working with Virgin Unite, Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela to incubate The Elders is right up there," he blogged. "This astonishing group of independent global leaders is going from strength to strength, working together for peace and human rights.

“While I was in Davos, The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, spoke out an all manner of issues, ranging from the need for greater leadership and cooperation to dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.

“Members of The Elders have been in charge of countries, from the US to the Republic of Ireland, Brazil to Norway, Mexico to Finland. In Kofi Annan, they are led by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi, Martti Ahtisaari and President Carter have all been named Nobel Peace Laureates. They have all witnessed history on the frontlines, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Haiti.

“The Elders operate where there is war and abject poverty – but also hope. Where yesterday’s enemies sign today’s peace treaties. Where innovation transforms millions of people’s lives.”

To read the full blog, click here.

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