Armed violence and development

Gun violence exacerbates poverty. At the same time, poverty provides the ideal breeding ground for gun violence. Sustainable development is undermined as long as this cycle remains unbroken.

Lost productivity due to homicides alone is conservatively estimated at between USD $95 and 163 billion each year. An estimated 60% of these homicides were carried out with firearms. Violence due to armed conflict can also decrease the annual growth of a typical economy by 2%.

The UN General Assembly has acknowledged this link between gun violence and development, as did the 2005 World Summit. Many countries support the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence & Development, which seeks to achieve measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence by 2015.


Últimas noticias

More than 24,000 foreign ex-combatants have been demobilised and repatriated from the DR Congo by the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) since 2002.

On 9 February, Jimmy Lemi Milla, the South Sudan Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development, and his bodyguard were shot and killed in the minister’s office in Juba, South Sudan.

The Quaker UN Office, the Centre for South Asian Studies, and Women for Peace and Democracy - Nepal are holding a Regional Seminar on Armed Violence and Development in Kathmandu, Nepal on 15 – 18 March 2011.

A new report on the Lord’s Resistance Army, ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ has been launched. It lists a number of recommendations on information sharing and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), among other topics. More

On 15-16 November, the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) gave a presentation on cross border arms flows and the regional security environment at a conference on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) in Southern Sudan.

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A pesar de la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz en 2006 , la violencia política, económica y social sigue en Nepal, según el Small Arms Survey.