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How a Global Information System on Violence Prevention can Best Help Reduce Violence by 50% in the next 30 Years

This talk will begin by explaining why, from a public health perspective, a global information system on violence prevention is a prerequisite for reducing violence by 50% in the next 30 years. It will then present WHO’s plans to create such a Global Information System for Violence Prevention (GISVP, name still provisional) and discuss how research – on health information systems, knowledge translation, and on the role of evidence in determining the political priority of global health issues – can help enhance GISVP’s contribution to reducing violence. The talk will be divided into four parts: (1) the relevance of GISPV to reducing violence by 50% in the next 30 years; (2) evidence and arguments bearing on the creation of GISVP; (3) a description of the content, audiences, purposes of, and methods used to develop, GISVP; and (4) recommendations related to global violence prevention data.