Carter and Brandtland are two of The Elders, “independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity”.
In her statement following the visit, Brundtland, who is currently the Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:
We came here to visit Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. "As you know, we were unable to go to Gaza...."
The two of them, a 90 year old former U.S. president, and his much younger colleague from Norway, have become a crusading international dynamic duo determined to end the immediate Gaza suffering that is both “unsustainable and intolerable”.