Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Elders

The White House

National Security Advisor Sullivan met today with representatives of The Elders, an organization of prominent former world leaders founded in 2007 by former President Nelson Mandela. They discussed the importance of U.S. leadership in addressing threats to peace and security, including tackling the climate crisis, advancing nuclear arms control, ending the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening health security, and promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Ethiopia and elsewhere around the world.

The representatives included:

Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson – Former President of Ireland

Gro Harlem Brundtland – Former Prime Minister of Norway, Former World Health Organization Director-General

Ricardo Lagos – Former President of Chile

Juan Manuel Santos – Former President of Colombia

Hina Jilani – Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan

David Nussbaum – The Elders Outgoing Chief Executive

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