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Global Peace Index
The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness. Now in its sixth year, it ranks 158 nations according to their ‘absence of violence’.
The GPI is developed by IEP under the guidance of an international panel of independent experts with data collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
It is composed of 23 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the percentage of prison population.
The data is sourced from a wide range of respected sources, including the International Institute of Strategic Studies, The World Bank, various UN Agencies, peace institutes and the EIU. The index has been tested against a range of potential “drivers” or determinants of peace—including levels of democracy and transparency, education and national wellbeing.
The GPI is intended to contribute significantly to the public debate on peace. The project’s ambition is to go beyond a crude measure of wars—and systematically explore the texture of peace.
The Index is currently used by many international organisations, governments and NGOs including the World Bank, the OECD, and the United Nations.
Global Peace Index Interactive Map
The GPI has released a new interactive map that allows you to explore peace over time, compare up to three countries side by side, see how each country is doing according to the 23 indicators of peace and to visualise the socio-economic factors associated with peace. See the Global Peace Index interactive map.
2012 Global Peace Index
The 2012 Global Peace Index was launched on the 12th of June 2012. The sixth edition of the index found that the world has become slightly more peaceful for the first time since 2009. See the results, highlights and download the report on the 2012 GPI Findings page.
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The Building Blocks of Peace
Module 3: Education and Peace
Investigate the important role education plays in supporting a country's peacefulness.
Module 4: Peace and Economics
Examine the benefits of peace to business and the economy through an exploration of tourism and retail industries.
Resources for students & teachers
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Glossary: a useful guide of terms used in the Building Blocks of Peace
Map: a map of the world according to states of peacefulness
Videos: clips from the award-winning documentary, "Soldiers of Peace".
Links: external links to relevant peace and education websites
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