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All conflicts can be resolved – supporting CMI’s work for peace around the world

Posted on January 30, 2018 By Kitta Kangas

TANA partners with Finnish conflict resolution organization founded by Nobel peace prize winner President Ahtisaari. CMI works to build lasting peace in the world’s most intractable conflicts.

CMI works in Libya to bring the conflict parties around the same table.

The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent Finnish organisation that works to prevent and resolve violent conflicts through dialogue and mediation. Nobel peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari founded the organisation in 2000, after stepping down as President of Finland. Today, CMI is one of the leading operators in its field. TANA supports CMI as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.

The objective of CMI is to build lasting peace together with any party involved in a conflict. The cornerstones of CMI activities are expertise and independence. Internationally, it is known as a reliable actor whose work is not tied to interests within great power politics.
CMI contributes to peace in the world’s most challenging areas. The Finnish organisation is currently working in Iraq, South Sudan, Burundi, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. CMI’s vision is President Ahtisaari’s nobel statement: “All conflicts can be resolved if we have the political will and skill”.

Partnerships vital for CMI’s work

Peace negotiations have been found to be among the most effective ways of resolving conflicts. Most conflicts can be resolved through negotiations or political processes, while only a small portion are ended by going to war.

“Relatively small investments can achieve significant results and avoid war. The average cost of one round of peace talks mediated by CMI is 40,000 euros – the cost of warfare is 4 billion euros a day”, highlights Elina Lehtinen, CMI’s Director of Communications and Fundraising.

Partnerships with companies such as TANA are vital for CMI’s work. “We thank TANA for this valuable partnership. With your support we are able to quickly react to emerging or suddenly escalating conflicts”, underlines Lehtinen.

More information about CMI’s work: www.cmi.fi/en

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