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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA – Conflicts and violence in Asia: the response of cities and territories

Hiroshima – “Peacekeeping in the Asia-Pacific region has deteriorated due to ongoing conflict, the rise in military spending and a weaker United Nations funding for peacebuilding. However, the murder rate and indicators of crime and violence have simultaneously decreased”. This is what is reported in the 14th edition of the Global Peace Index 2020 produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, . This report presents the most comprehensive datadriven analysis to-date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies. The Asia-Pacific region continues to rank in the top 25 of the global index , although New Zealand – first in the region and second in the world – saw its score decrease due to the terrorist attack on two mosques on March 2019 . As far as Australia is concerned, it should be noted that there is a sad record: the country has one of the highest per capita arms import rates in the world. North Korea ranked last in the region and is the only nation in the Asia-Pacific region to be among the bottom 25 of the index. Indonesia and East Timor experienced setbacks in 2019-2020: in Indonesia due to internal incidents and then due to displacement of the population due to internal immigration. In addition, the Country saw a significant deterioration in terms of political stability in 2019. East Timor also saw the security situation deteriorate due to widespread poverty and high unemployment and crime rates.

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