According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in 2019, 79,5 million people in the world have been forced to flee war, violence, and persecution. More than half of them were children. About 80% of these people sought refuge in countries that are close to their country of origin and only a small minority reached Europe and Italy. Helping these people means contributing to solving the crises from which they flee and granting a future of peace for ourselves. For this reason, the City of Peace Foundation brings forth projects to receive, protect, and integrate those who are forced to flee.
According to the 2019 Oxfam report, 26 individuals in the world possess as much wealth as an average of 3,8 billion other people. This unsustainable situation is the cause of political and economical instability. Poverty is not created by the poor, but by the unbalances of the current economic system. Action should be taken to change this system creating unbearable concentrations of resources, to avoid devastating conflicts. To this end, the Foundation cooperates with the Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for the diffusion of the Social Business Model.
According to the 2018 World Bank report, by 2050, millions of people living in Sub-Saharian Africa (86 million), in Southern Asia (40 million), and in Latin America (17 million) might be forced to move because of climate change. In time, climate change and migration will be more and more closely connected. Therefore, the Foundation has adopted the objectives identified in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and has brought about eco-friendly projects, such as that of the Home for Peace.