Vision of Humanity Newsletter - Thursday 25 January, 2018

“Following the slight improvement in global peace last year, here at the Institute for Economics & Peace we have commenced 2018 with a quiet optimism.”

In last year’s Global Peace Index key indicators implied positive change, which included levels of political terror as well as the number and duration of external conflicts. In addition to this, levels of terrorism continued to decline around the world. For the second consecutive year, the 2017 Global Terrorism Index reflected a global decline in both the number of terrorism-related deaths and attacks.

However, amid these positive results are concerning trends. The ten-year trend in peacefulness shows an overall global deterioration in peace. 2017 saw an increase in the number of countries that experienced at least one death from terrorism, which reflects a record high over the last 17 years – two thirds of the countries included in the Index experienced at least one terrorist attack. These findings reveal that even as much of the world is becoming more peaceful, the reach of terrorism is growing.
In response to these complex realities, IEP has recognised the need to deepen our research program and expand our initiatives, which are covered in more detail below. As an organisation, we remain firmly committed to fostering a paradigm shift in the way which the global community understands and addresses peace. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, and I look forward to sharing our progress over the coming year.

— Steve Killelea, A.M. 
Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace.

We are initiating an innovative research project, ‘Measuring Peace in the Pacific’, with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We will shortly release the first of two reports, which examine the capacity of the region to measure Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG16) to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. This represents a crucial analysis for a geographically fragmented region long wrought by conflicts over scarce access to land and resources, as well as gender-based violence. It is our hope that SDG16 – along with our research – will offer a roadmap to help guide the region towards Positive Peace.

We are also finalising plans for a new project to measure the cost of violent extremism within a select group of African nations – stay tuned for updates. This will enhance and expand our work to measure the cost of violence. Finally, we are busy preparing preliminary data for the June release of the twelfth edition of the Global Peace Index, and will share findings and insight with you in the coming months.

In 2018, IEP will further expand its pivotal Positive Peace training program, with plans already underway to train up to 180 Libyan youth.

The workshops are scheduled to take place starting in March in Tunisia. Participants will engage in a series of interactive workshops to learn how to apply IEP’s research to local issues in their communities, including by designing their own Positive Peace projects.

IEP’s Ambassador Program continues to grow and we now have a community of over 220 ambassadors who are promoting Positive Peace in their communities. Our partnership with Rotary International has been crucial in helping grow this program and we will soon enhance it with the launch of an online Rotary Peace Academy. We look forward to providing these new tools and resources to generate conversation and action within local communities.