International Day of Peace

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international day of peaceAs International Day of Peace, held annually on September 21st, nears check out the Global Peace Index 2013.  Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, this index shows that since 2008, 110 countries have become less peaceful, while 48 have improved their peace score. There was more violence within nations than between them, and $9.46 trillion was spent in 2012 containing violence worldwide, equal to 11% of the Gross World Product.  The website includes an interactive peace map that allows you to explore the state of peace around the world, compare levels of peace between countries and view the world according to each of the 22 indicators that make up the Global Peace Index. Under the News tab there are links to news, videos and research.