2016 Global Peace Index released-Botswana moves up 3 places; still ranked among the world’s most peaceful nations

REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

8-6-16

From Dr. Jeff Ramsay for Government Communications

Please find Press Statement below:-

2016 GLOBAL PEACE INDEX RELEASED – BOTSWANA MOVES UP 3 PLACES; STILL RANKED AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST PEACEFUL NATIONS

The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) was released on 8 June 2016, which once more ranked Botswana as one of the world’s most peaceful countries.

The Index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources and ranks 163 independent states, covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population. It gauges global peace using three broad domains: the level of safety and security in the society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation.

In this year’s Index, Botswana was ranked as 28 out of 163 countries, up 3 places from last year. This continues to place Botswana above over half of the European region countries surveyed, as well as all five of the Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council [i.e. France (46) UK (47), USA (103), China (120) and Russia (151)].

On the African continent Botswana remains behind Mauritius (23).

In addition Botswana was one of only five countries, to achieve a perfect score in the domestic and international conflict domain, the other four countries being Switzerland, Chile, Mauritius and Uruguay.

This year Iceland was once again ranked as the world’s most peaceful nation, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal. Syria was listed as the world’s least peaceful country, followed from the bottom by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. Panama (49) has the most improved standing, while Yemen (158) saw the biggest drop.

The Global Peace Index is maintained by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

An interactive map for GPI 2016 is @ http://ow.ly/YP8Q300HXkn #GPI2016 #Peace

The full, 10th edition report can be downloaded @ http://static.visionofhumanity.org/sites/default/files/GPI%202016%20Report_2.pdf

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