Religious and ethnic persecution, forced migration, persistent inequality and environmental degradation are among the greatest challenges facing the world today. They are driven by a growing tide of hate speech and intolerance that is dividing societies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – as well as in Europe and the Americas.
For many minorities and indigenous communities, the situation is critical. They face hate crimes, routinely high levels of discrimination and even mass killing. For others, long-term exclusion is trapping communities in poverty and threatening ways of life that have been sustained for generations – until now.
Our work over the next four years will be focused on the twin objectives of countering persecution and promoting inclusion. To the growth of hatred and intolerance we offer a vision based on defending rights and bringing communities together.
We believe that this vision will benefit not just minority and indigenous communities themselves but ultimately society as a whole, lowering risks of conflict and promoting cooperation. Equality, respect and inclusion are key to delivering a more sustainable and peaceful future for all.