Efforts of the EoF youth to rebuild an economy rooted in peace
Today, a new economy, inspired by Francis of Assisi, can and must be an Earth-friendly economy and an economy of peace. Being economists and entrepreneurs “of Francis” necessarily means being women and men of peace: not being at peace for peace’s sake.
For this reason, we the young people of the world, who are called to give a soul to the economy, say, Enough! Stop the war, lay down your weapons, resume the path of dialogue. We also ask for everyone’s commitment so that the time prophesied by Isaiah will draw near: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”(Isaiah 2:4).
As young people, we no longer tolerate resources being taken away from schools, from health care, from our present and future to build weapons and fuel the wars needed to sell them. We would like to tell our children that the world at war is gone forever.
For this reason, we share Pope Francis’ words, “Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil.”(Fratelli Tutti, 261).
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‘Money for peace’ is one of the proposals of the EoF community to continue to demand: peace.
SAVE THE DATE: 20 November at 4.00 p.m. on Youtube EoF Official Channel.
Launch of Money for Peace, a campaign by the EoF Business&Peace Village.
Money for Peace campaign focuses on raising awareness of the impact of investments in armed conflicts, generation of awareness on the informed decisions as consumers (of financial institutions and their services) and the importance of an active participation in the dialogue and the demanding of an ethical financial landscape.
We believe this campaign aligns perfectly with the UN Security Council meetings (20 – 25 October) where key aspects of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda were discussed. Additionally, the 31st of October marks the 23rd anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, which introduced this crucial agenda. Also, we believe that the time is proper and necessary given the actual conjuncture of war. Given the significance of the UN Security Council meetings and the anniversary of Resolution 1325, we propose launching our campaign today. We believe this timing will allow us to leverage the international focus on peace and security. Through this proposal, we outline our strategic approach to raising awareness, fostering change, and creating a movement that empowers individuals and promotes a good change in the financial institutions.