How to Measure Peace? For What? For Whom?


The 2030 Agenda’s global indicators provide a universal framework to measure peace. But what type of additional indicators may be needed to measure peace more holistically? And why is it important to gather data? These were some of the questions considered at a workshop at IPI on July 20, 2017.

The “How to Measure Peace? For What? For Whom?” discussion was convened on the margins of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum—an annual forum to carry out voluntary, state-led reviews of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The session focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which seeks to promote peace, justice, and inclusive institutions.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh; Jimena Leiva-Roesch, IPI Research Fellow; and Conor Seyle, Director of One Earth Future Research.

The workshop—the second in the Innovations in Partnerships Series—was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, the SDG 16 Data Initiative, One Earth Future, and the International Peace Institute. The discussion was conducted under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution.

Gary Milante, a director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, served as chair during the discussions.

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