Positive Peace report, Health Through Peace conference share common themes

IPPNW peace and health blog

A new report by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) defines Positive Peace  as the attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies. These same factors also lead to many other positive outcomes, such as strong business environments, higher levels of well-being and gender equality. Therefore, Positive Peace describes an optimal environment under which human potential can flourish.”

It goes on to say that, “Negative Peace is the absence of violence or fear of violence — an intuitive definition that many agree with and is more easily measured than other definitions of peace.  Measures of Negative Peace are used to construct the Global Peace Index (GPI)” – which measures peace, its causes and its economic value. The 23 GPI indicators are broken into three domains: ongoing conflict, societal safety and security and militarisation.

Infographic by Institute for Economics & Peace Infographic by Institute for Economics & Peace

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