The institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) this year marked 10 years of measuring and analysing global levels of peace. In a world which is becoming increasingly divided IEP’s ongoing work has painted a clear picture spanning a decade of continuing, evolving and emerging trends in peace. The last ten years of the Global Peace Index (GPI) report shows that while some regions have enjoyed sustained and stable levels of peace and security many others have spiralled into a seemingly endless cycle of conflict and violence.
Many of the issues faced by the world today are global in nature and require unified and cooperative global action. Peace is a key element to achieving the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity required to begin solving these challenges. Using data driven research, IEP seek to raise attention and awareness of the importance of peace in creating achievable, tangible and sustainable improvements to the problems facing humanity in the 21st century.
IEP have aligned with many organisations, leaders and philanthropists over the last ten years, many who share the common goal of international progress and resilience to conflict and disasters. One such partnership has been with Rotary International, developing the ‘Rotary Peace Fellow’ program. The program selects ambassadors from around the globe with a shared passion for the achievement of peaceful societies. Ambassadors are equipped with the information to present the work of IEP and the Global Peace Index in the international political and social arenas.
The approach of IEP has shifted from measuring violence and conflict and has moved towards understanding the reality of the implementation of peaceful functions in societies. Prior to the birth of the GPI, peace was immeasurable; one of the proudest achievements of the organisation has been helping to put peace on the international political agenda. The 1st of January 2016 marked the official commencement of the 17 sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN member states. Goal 16 is focused on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The inclusion of peace building is a milestone for the work of IEP and has considerable relevance to the concept and study of positive peace developed by IEP. Positive peace is defined as those attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peace for societies.
The launch of IEP’s new website will allow for a greater ability to deliver curated editorial with the depth and scope to educate, inform and inspire readers to take action. The future of IEP and the Global Peace Index will see further energy put into developing and implementing impactful models of peacebuilding. Without peace we will be unable to achieve the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity required to begin solving our shared global challenges.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.
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