FIREARMS CONTROL BRIEFING GLOBAL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

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Fatal firearm crime remains a daily tragedy throughout the world. We are reminded of this scourge by the headline stories of cinema massacres, celebrity murders etc etc.  But these incidents represent the tip of the ice berg and in there absence, violent gun crime and societal violence per se, must never become a forgotten story.

 

We applaud the mammoth efforts that go into tackling these issues head on and to the indefatigability shown by groups such as Gun Free South Africa, who developed this briefing, ensuring that the reduction of violence agenda is and remains a priority issue globally.

 

We encourage all to take note of this important briefing, an extract of which appears below, with an attached link to the full paper.

 

HISTORICAL MOMENT 

“2015 is a chance to change history” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: this includes a chance to revolutionise our approach to violence prevention.1 The Secretary-General was referring to the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York in September 2015 to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the international development framework, which acknowledges that to address development more holistically, issues such as justice, inequality, and climate change need to take centre stage.2 As the world focuses its attention on the post-2015 development agenda, with the significant inclusion of goal 16: 

 

“to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels,”3

 

the most pressing question being posed: ‘is it possible to reduce violence by half over the next 30 years and can we find better ways to protect those most vulnerable to violence?’4

 

One of the reasons the post-2015 development framework has been expanded to include violence reduction is recognition of the negative impact of violence and insecurity on development: violence and insecurity affect societies, extending beyond the immediate costs of death and injuries and include the migration or displacement of people, dwindling investments, loss of income through business closures, and weakening of the legitimacy of state institutions.5 Furthermore inter-personal violence is strongly associated with macro-level social factors such as unemployment, income inequality and rapid social change.6 ………. 2015_Firearm Briefing14_GlobalStrategiesToReduceViolence