NAMIBIA MOVES UP SEVEN PLACES TO 43RD ON GLOBAL PEACE INDEX

WINDHOEK-- Namibia has moved seven places up in the Global Peace Index (GPI) and is now ranked the 43rd most peaceful country out of 168 countries and sixth among 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 2018 GPI was released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) on Tuesday and ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. The GPI found that the global level of peace deteriorated by 0,27 per cent in the past year, marking the fourth successive year of deterioration.

The situation 92 countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved. It further revealed that tension, conflicts and crises which emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in a gradual sustained fall in peacefulness.

Namibia further ranked sixth in sub-Saharan Africa's regional ranking, after Mauritius, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Ghana which ranked as the five most peaceful countries in the region. Fellow southern African neighbours Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa were ranked eighth, 17th, 29th and 30th.

The largest regional improvements were in terrorism impact, perceptions of criminality, violent crime, neighbouring countries' relations, and militarisation, but those were offset by deteriorations in violent demonstrations, refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, and political terror.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia and South Sudan ranked the worst in regional peace at 42nd, 43rd and 44th out of the 44 sub-Saharan countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

NAMIBIA MOVES UP SEVEN PLACES TO 43RD ON GLOBAL PEACE INDEX

WINDHOEK-- Namibia has moved seven places up in the Global Peace Index (GPI) and is now ranked the 43rd most peaceful country out of 168 countries and sixth among 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 2018 GPI was released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) on Tuesday and ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. The GPI found that the global level of peace deteriorated by 0,27 per cent in the past year, marking the fourth successive year of deterioration.

The situation 92 countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved. It further revealed that tension, conflicts and crises which emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in a gradual sustained fall in peacefulness.

Namibia further ranked sixth in sub-Saharan Africa's regional ranking, after Mauritius, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Ghana which ranked as the five most peaceful countries in the region. Fellow southern African neighbours Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa were ranked eighth, 17th, 29th and 30th.

The largest regional improvements were in terrorism impact, perceptions of criminality, violent crime, neighbouring countries' relations, and militarisation, but those were offset by deteriorations in violent demonstrations, refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, and political terror.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia and South Sudan ranked the worst in regional peace at 42nd, 43rd and 44th out of the 44 sub-Saharan countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK