Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations working across the globe. United since 1950, Caritas provides development assistance in diverse project areas, always seeking to help the most vulnerable groups in society, such as women and children affected by trafficking. Other areas of focus include peace and reconciliation, emergency assistance, economic justice, climate change, and HIV/AIDS. For instance, Caritas runs projects to reduce violence and promote reconciliation in countries torn by strife. Caritas often works directly with soldiers or fighting groups, as well as in schools, to ensure peaceful governance in future generations. Advocacy is also an important part of the organization's mission, and Caritas members provided significant leadership to the work of faith-based groups at the United Nations Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen. The organization is founded on Catholic principles and emphasizes capacity building and a belief in human dignity and agency.