Peace and Security

Key Facts

  • The second largest global improvement was recorded in the Peace and Security domain, improving by 3.41 per cent between 2010 and 2018.
  • The improvement in the domain was driven by a 5.32% improvement in the INFORM score which measures country-level risk of armed conflict, climate change induced disasters.
  • Young people continue to develop in a context of increasing environmental hazard. However, country coping capacity seems to be rising.
  • Fewer young people are dying from direct violence – from armed conflict, terrorism and homicide around the world, with improved scores on the conflict and terrorism scores. This is reflective of the overall trends of fewer lives lost due to armed conflict in the last decade.
  • However, the internal peace indictor deteriorated by 1.28 percent, suggesting young people are experiencing more violent environments.
  • Somalia has had the largest improvement in this domain, followed by Colombia, Sri Lanka, Eritrea and Russia.
  • More than 40% of Commonwealth countries have scored in the low or medium youth development categories.
Top Global Performers on Peace and Security
Rank Country Score
1 Singapore 0.962
2 Iceland 0.958
3 Denmark 0.951
4 Norway 0.949
5 Switzerland 0.943
6 Finland 0.94
6 Slovenia 0.94
8 Austria 0.936
9 Czechia 0.933
9 Portugal 0.933

Report Highlights

Download the report for insights into:

  • The challenges and opportunities for youth mainstreaming in climate change policies and responses which are important to achieve sustainable peace and security.
  • How young people are responding to the climate crisis.
  • Examples of #YouthTakingCharge for climate security through promoting entrepreneurial activities that promote clean water and sanitation, sustainable agribusiness, sustainable fashion, affordable and clean energy.
  • How sport contributes to peace, justice and strong institutions.
  • Examples of #YouthTakingCharge for peace through leadership on implementing the global agenda on Youth Peace and Security.
  • How data can help us measure progress on the Youth, Peace and Security agenda.
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2020 Global Youth Development Index Report