Source: Religions for Peace
The Global Peace Index (GPI), founded by Mr. Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman and Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace, [International Treasurer and Trustee of RfP] launched its 2014 Report on Wednesday 18 June in London.
The GPI - the world’s leading benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations - measures peace according to 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators identifying the most and least peaceful countries, tracks trends in violence and conflict, and calculates the economic impact of violence.
The Report found that world global average peace score deteriorated slightly since last year, mainly due to global increases in terrorist activity, the number of conflicts fought and the number of refugees and displaced people.
The top three most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria, while the three least peaceful countries are South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria.
The Report also found that economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of global violence last year was estimated to be US$9.8 trillion. This is equivalent to 11.3% of global GDP - twice the combined GDP of African countries.