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Global Strategies to Reduce Violence by 50% in 30 Years: Findings from the Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014

Global Strategies to Reduce Violence by 50% in 30 Years

A REPORT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION


Global Strategies to Reduce Violence by 50% in 30 Years: Findings from the Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014

 

 

Is it possible to cut worldwide levels of interpersonal violence in half within the coming 30 years? This question was at the centre of the first Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014, jointly organised by the Violence Research Centre at the University of Cambridge and the World Health Organization. The conference lured experts out of their comfort zone, asking to reflect on big strategies to reduce violence by 50% in the next 30 years. It brought together 150 leading representatives from international organisations, academia, civil society institutions and philanthropic organisations to discuss how scientific knowledge can contribute to the advancement of this violence reduction goal. The main message of the conference was that a global violence reduction by 50% in the next 30 years is achievable if policy makers harness the power of scientific evidence on violence reduction. This report outlines important ideas presented at the conference that could help to reach this goal and groups them into six key policy recommendations:

 

 


1.

TACKLE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM AREAS FIRST: FOCUS ON LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES, HOT SPOTS AND TOP VIOLENT CITIES

2.

STOP THE REINVENTION OF THE WHEEL: DISSEMINATE, ADAPT AND REPLICATE BEST PRACTICES GLOBALLY

3.

HARNESS THE POWER OF BIG DATA IN VIOLENCE REDUCTION: DEVELOP DATA SCOPE, ACCESS AND STANDARDS

4.

PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE: FOCUS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND WOMEN

5.

INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT MATTERS: IMPROVE LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE AND POLICIES FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION

6.

THE WHOLE IS BIGGER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS: CREATE GLOBAL STRATEGIC ALLIANCES TO PREVENT VIOLENCE



 

"2015 is a chance to change history", said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, referring to the post-2015 development agenda. This includes a chance to revolutionise our approach to violence prevention. The report documents that, for the first time ever, policy makers, stakeholders and researchers are beginning to believe that we can find better ways everywhere to protect children from physical and sexual abuse, women from intimate partner violence, and young men from premature death and injury in drug wars and alcohol-related fighting.

 

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