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Peace and its many aspects

Something else the Global Peace Index tells us

Here more analysis drawn from the Global Peace Index…this  is getting better and better 🙂 !

The Structures of Peace

Peace does not exist on its own. In many ways it is a proxy for a constellation of other conditions that create the optimum environment for humanity to flourish. The Global Peace Index has enabled a unique view of peace to form – one that is fact based and constructive in its approach to working on the many and varied global challenges that humanity is facing. The latest edition of the GPI, the first study ever to rank the nations of the world by their peacefulness, was welcomed by global media attention on June 8th of this year.

The findings from the last four years of research by the Institute for Economics and Peaceshow that peaceful societies can be characterized as having a set of common structures and social attributes that can be identified through statistical analysis.

“Peace” can be seen as a proxy for an inter-related set structures and attitudes. According to the research, the essential structures and attitudes are:

  • Well-functioning government
  • Sound business environment
  • Respectful of human rights and tolerance
  • Good relations with neighboring states
  • High levels of freedom of information
  • The acceptance of others
  • High participation rates in primary and secondary education
  • Low levels of corruption
  • Equitable sharing of resources

The combination of these qualities act as a facilitator making it easier for people to produce, businesses to sell, entrepreneurs and scientists to innovate and governments to regulate. (For a detailed analysis and review of these qualities, see the 2010 Discussion Paper “Peace, Wealth and Human Potential”.)

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.

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