2010 Global Peace Index
1. New Zealand
NG: The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP): “As the global economy continues to falter, this year’s data shows an intensification of conflicts and growing instability linked to the downturn that began in 2008, with several countries seeing sharp increases in homicides, violent demonstrations and fear of crime. The increase in violence is depriving the global economy of assets when they are needed most. A 25 percent reduction in global violence would free up U.S.$1.8 trillion annually—enough to pay off Greece’s debt, fund the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and meet the EU’s 20-20-20 climate and energy targets.
This year’s top five countries, and more peaceful countries in general, have certain things in common: well functioning governments, stable business environments, respect for human rights, low levels of corruption, high rates of participation in education, and freedom of information.”
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