Global Peace Index 2016 House of Lords, London launch event

The Institute for Economics and Peace, the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, released the 10th anniversary edition of its Global Peace Index on the 8th of June 2016. With global events in London, New York, Washington, and Geneva, the 2016 Global Peace Index launched with over 160,000 press and media mentions. Reaching more than 1 billion people worldwide, alongside this year's key messages, Positive Peace has been gaining important momentum with references across a number of key news outlets.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Baroness D’Souza for her outstanding opening of our key launch event at the House of Lords in London. Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, Steve Killelea, also presented the findings of this year’s report, along with an expert panel discussion of the 2016 Global Peace Index led by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and Lord Alderdice.

Covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population and ranking 163 nations according to their levels of peacefulness, the 2016 Global Peace Index measures the impact of conflict on the global economy and assesses whether peace can be measured as a development goal. In addition, this year’s report includes an updated assessment of the economic value of peace and new research on the systemic nature of Positive Peace. Over the past decade, the average country score deteriorated by 2.44 per cent with 77 countries improving while 85 countries deteriorated. Notably, the historic ten-year deterioration in peace has largely been driven by the intensifying conflicts in the MENA region, highlighting the global complexities of peace and its uneven distribution.

For more information, read the 2016 Global Peace Index here.

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