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Ukraine ranks 154 of 163 in Global Peace Index
14:27, 1 June 2017
Ukraine ranks 154 of 163 in Global Peace Index

Economic cost of violence in Ukraine makes 20.4% of country's GDP

14:27, 1 June 2017

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Ukraine ranks 154 in the eleventh edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. 

The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

Economic cost of violence in Ukraine makes 20.4% of country's GDP.

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Several countries transitioned from Mid to Low peace status, such as Syria, Libya and Ukraine, while other countries transitioned from Low to Mid levels of peace, such as Algeria, Ecuador and Uganda.

Between 2008 and 2016, ten countries deteriorated from the Mid to the Low Peace group. Ukraine  is in this list together with Bahrain, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Niger, Rwanda, El Salvador, Syria.

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While most countries in the region improved their scores in all three domains, this did not indicate significant progress in the resolution of ongoing conflicts. Ukraine, for example, saw improvements in scores for financial contributions to UN peacekeeping missions, number, duration and role in external conflicts, likelihood of violent demonstrations and impact of terrorism; however, the underlying factors that could lead to the re-emergence of large-scale military conflict have not dissipated.

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In the annual changes, the 2017 GPI recorded a slightly more peaceful world, in spite of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, terrorism in Europe, and rising geopolitical tensions between Russia and the US. The average level of country peacefulness improved by 0.28 per cent when compared to the 2016 GPI. This was largely driven by improvements in the Militarisation domain, which improved by 0.1 per cent, and the Safety and Security domain which improved by 0.28 per cent. The only domain which deteriorated was Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, which fell by 0.28 per cent. In total, 93 countries became more peaceful while 68 deteriorated.

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