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Every Body Counts: Launch of the Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015

Monday 11 May 2015 | 12:00 - 14:00
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix
| Geneva 

Organized by the Geneva Declaration Secretariat and the Small Arms Survey, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Every Body Counts, the 2015 edition of the Global Burden of Armed Violence, provides a wealth of data relevant to security and the post-2015 sustainable development framework. It estimates that 508,000 people died violently—in both conflict and non-conflict settings—every year in 2007–12.

The report offers new evidence of the global distribution of lethal violence and its trends since 2007. It benefits from increased availability of disaggregated data enhancing knowledge of context and characteristics of lethal violence, especially incidents involving firearms. The report also includes in-depth analysis of gender aspects of lethal violence and provides a fine-grain picture of the economic costs of homicide.

The third volume in the Global Burden of Armed Violence series examines how a comprehensive approach to violent deaths can serve to track progress towards a peace and security goal—whether as part of the post-2015 development framework or as a goal within a national strategy.

The Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Every Body Counts was launched at the Maison de la Paix, Geneva, at 12:00 on 11 May 2015. The event included presentation on the research findings, followed by a panel discussion.


12:00    Welcome and Opening

  • Michael Møller, Acting Head, United Nations Office at Geneva

  • Claude Wild, Ambassador, Head of the Human Security Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

12:15   The Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Every Body Counts

  • Keith Krause, Programme Director at the Small Arms Survey and Director of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute

12:40   Panel discussion: Using data for ‘peaceful and inclusive societies’

The panel discussion will highlight how monitoring data on violence can be used to track progress in implementing violence reduction targets at national as well as regional and global level.

 Moderation: Sara Sekkenes, UNDP