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Here is another nugget from Craig Selizer’s blog.   IG barb says:  “That is a significant piece of cash!”

Global Peace Index 2010 research finds that a 25% reduction in global violence could generate US$1.8 trillion annually!

As the global economy continues to falter, this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) shows an intensification of conflicts and growing instability linked to the downturn that began in 2008, with several countries seeing sharp increases in homicides, violent demonstrations and fear of crime.

The increase in violence is depriving the global economy of assets when they are needed most. A 25 percent reduction in global violence would free up $1.8 trillion USD annually – enough to pay off Greece’s debt, fund the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and meet the EU’s 20-20-20 climate and energy targets.

The only study to quantify global peacefulness, the GPI is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). This year it has expanded to rank 149 independent states. Composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, it combines internal and external factors ranging from military expenditure to relations with neighbouring countries and levels of violent crime.

Commenting on the results, Prof. Jeff Sachs , Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University said:“The GPI continues its pioneering work in drawing the world’s attention to the massive resources we are squandering in violence and conflict. The lives and money wasted in wars, incarcerations, weapons systems, weapons trade, and more, could be directed to ending poverty, promoting education, and protecting the environment. The GPI will not only draw attention to these crucial issues, but help us understand them and to invest productively in a more peaceful world.”

For more information please visit www.visionofhumanity.org.

You can read the discussion paper, results report and find press releases in 12 different languages here:http://www.visionofhumanity.org/info-center/media-pack/2010-global-…

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