The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Institute for Economics and Peace are pleased to invite you to a policy forum to mark the release of the 12th edition of the Global Peace Index and discuss its value to the operationalization of sustaining peace. This event will take place at IPI on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:00pm to 2:45pm.

Michelle Breslauer, Program Director, Americas, the Institute for Economics and Peace
Robert Piper, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
Susanna Campbell, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
Vanessa Wyeth, Senior Political and Public Affairs Officer (Peacebuilding), Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN

Lesley Connolly, Senior Policy Analyst, IPIIn January 2018, the secretary-general released a report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace that outlined how the UN is implementing sustaining peace and proposed ways to strengthen implementation. In support of the secretary-general’s report, the UN General Assembly and Security Council recently passed another round of dual resolutions during the High-Level Event on Sustaining Peace in April 2018 supporting continued implementation of the secretary-general’s recommendations. Connected to this, in 2017 the UN-World Bank “Pathways for Peace” study was released, which complements the sustaining peace agenda by looking at how to improve domestic development processes to prevent conflict from becoming violent. The study sets out a framework to advance preventative approaches to development as a means of preventing violence and sustaining peace.

As we move toward the 2019 and 2020 reports, there is a need to advance these discussions by looking at how innovations aimed at prevention and sustaining peace have moved beyond political discourse in New York to focus on what works to build peace on the ground and how to measure this. One such tool to assist in measuring progress is the Global Peace Index.

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on trends in peace. As the first analysis to methodically rank countries according to their levels of peacefulness and to identify potential determinants of peace, the GPI measures the peacefulness of 163 countries and territories, covering 99.7 percent of the world’s population. It is comprised of 23 indicators measuring the absence of violence across three domains: militarization, ongoing conflict, and societal safety and security. The report also includes a statistical analysis of “positive peace,” which is defined as the attitudes, institutions, and structures that empirically correlate to peace.

At this event, the key findings from the report will be examined, together with a closer examination of specific country-level findings. The discussion will also include analysis of the relationship between the measures of negative and positive peace included in the GPI, helping track national and global progress on achieving peace in various dimensions. Speakers will examine the potential implications of the findings for the sustaining peace agenda, providing a bridge between current policy discussions and data trends. The larger goal of this discussion is to provide diverse stakeholders with a better understanding of and approach to measuring and reporting on sustaining peace through analysis of what the evidence tells us about successful prevention efforts.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:45 pm 

Location: International Peace Institute (IPI)

More information here.