The Hague Institute and the Institute for Economics and Peace were pleased to host The Hague launch of the tenth edition of the Global Peace Index.
The program was as follows:
- 9.00 – 9.15: Welcome remarks by Ms. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor The Hague
- 9.15 – 9.40: Presentation of the Global Peace Index 2016 by Camilla Schippa, Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace
- 9.20 – 10.00: How to better use data to support progress in the field of security and Justice by Rob Sijstermans, Training and Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute
- 10.00 – 10.30: Q&A moderated by Dr. David Connolly, Head of the Conflict Prevention program at The Hague Institute
This launch followed an expert event entitled Measuring Peace organized by the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law on 23 June that brought together different communities of practice to interactively discuss the challenges encountered in producing a viable and usable index and the challenges and opportunities in implementing the findings of these indexes into improved policies and programming.
The Index, released on 8 June, highlights a stark and growing inequality in global levels of peacefulness as the gap between the most and least peaceful countries continues to widen. The study, by international think-tank the Institute for Economics and Peace, finds that, while 81 countries improved, the deterioration in another 79 outweighed these gains, meaning that peace declined at a faster rate than in the previous year. Despite this some of the most peaceful countries are now recording historically high levels of peace.
The report also provides an audit of the available data to measure Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals – the UN member states formal recognition of the critical nature of peacefulness in advancing global development. It finds that, while there is some existing data to track progress and therefore hold member states accountable to meeting their targets, serious investment will need to be made to measure the goals.
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