On Monday, June 12, Vesalius College hosted the launch of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2017. This was an event co-organised with leading institutes and important think tanks, such as the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Royal Military Academy, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Europe, Search For Common Ground and the Global Governance Institute.
Over the past 16 years, the GPI has become the world’s leading tool to measure peacefulness around the world. Produced annually, the GPI analyses and describes trends in peace, monitoring the state of terrorism and human rights, and estimating their impact on global economic health. During the event, speakers explained how peace is measured and presented new factors driving peace.
After Serge Stroobant, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College, gave his welcome speech, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea presented the Global Peace Index 2017. Sandra Melone, Executive Vice-President and Director of Brussels HQ Search for Common Ground, took the floor as a keynote speaker.
According to the analysis presented, over the last year the world has become slightly more peaceful: the state of peace has improved in ninety-three countries, deteriorated in sixty-three, and the gap between the most and least peaceful countries has grown. After the presentation, Steve Killelea and Dr. Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College, answered the questions of more than seventy participants.