The Global Peace Index Series: #1 Why it Matters

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2018 Global Peace IndexWOVEN’s overarching vision is to end violence in our lifetime. Built on the belief that rejecting violence is not insurmountable, we are designed to serve as a vehicle for peaceful advocacy. An important resource and platform to measure peacefulness in our world is through the Global Peace Index (GPI).

The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and developed in consultation with an international panel of experts from peace institutes and think tanks. The report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

Some geographic findings from the 2018 report:

  • Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008.
  • Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years.
  • Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, recorded a deterioration for the third straight year.
  • South Asia experienced the largest regional improvement in peacefulness.
  • The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region recorded an improvement in peacefulness for only the third time in the last eleven years.

The GPI covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace using three key themes: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarization.

First launched in May 2007, the GPI has release subsequent reports annually. It ranked 163 countries in 2018, up from its inception of 121 in 2007. The updated index is released each year at events in London, Washington, DC; and at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

This represents the first in a series of blogs on the GPI. We will continue to highlight key trends from the report in future posts.

Global Peace Index 2018 – Measuring Peace in a Complex World. By: The Institute for Economics & Peace. 

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