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CMI launches a 30-million-euro Peace Fund collection

Published on Tuesday, 13th of December 2022

CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation has gratefully received the information about the parliament’s additional support for its peace work. CMI is also initiating a Peace Fund collection of 30 million euros in order to secure the legacy and continuity of the peace mediation work established by President Ahtisaari.

In connection with the consideration of the 2023 budget, the Parliament of Finland has decided to allocate more funds for the peace work of CMI and other organisations. It has also recommended to investigate the state’s possibilities to participate in the capitalisation of CMI. The goal of CMI is to capitalise the organisation and collect 30 million euros to its Peace Fund between 2022 and 2025.

The fund will be collected from state and private donors, and will be invested with a reasonable return expectation. In this way CMI can guarantee its ability to operate independently and respond swiftly to the demands of variable crisis situations.

CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation considers the support of Parliament to be important at a time of an increasing need for peace mediation work.

“We are grateful for Parliament’s support for the endowment of CMI. There is a growing demand for our peace mediation work – this year we have already received a record-breaking number of 110 requests. Support for CMI’s peace work is also an investment in the security of all of us,” says CMI CEO Janne Taalas.

Companies and private donors asked to invest in peace work

CMI is also calling on the private sector to support the fund.

“The investment in the peace fund helps CMI to ensure the life work and legacy of President Ahtisaari. It is important to secure Finnish know-how and reputation as a peace broker, and we hope that both companies and private people in Finland will come along to support the work for peace,” says Taalas.

President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari founded CMI (formerly Crisis Management Initiative) in 2000. Today, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation is a foundation that employs more than 100 peace mediation experts and works with more than 300 international partners. Over the years, CMI has advanced more than 50 peace processes. The focal regions of CMI’s work are the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eurasia and Asia.

CMI’s funding is based especially on support from various states and the European Union, as well as from companies, foundations and private donors.

Find out more about our funding here. For further information please contact:

Inquiries about the Peace Fund:
Heli Huhtala, Chief Financial Officer
heli.huhtala@cmi.fi
tel.+358 50 385 5190

Inquiries about donating:
Sini Santasalo
Fundraising Manager
sini.santasalo@cmi.fi

Media interview requests:
Johanna Kaprio-Papageorgiou
Communications Manager
johanna.kaprio@cmi.fi
tel. +358 50 5843323