The global burden of armed violence


Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) emerged as a specific approach to reduce global fatality rates and further development following the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.

With the broad support for this declaration, the international community has finally acknowledged that the Millennium Development Goals failed to address some underlying causes that inhibited greater achievement of development goals: the prevalence of conflict and violence in fragile states.

Armed violence, according to the latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), directly causes deaths of over 509,000 men, women and children per year. This contributes to economic stagnation and a lack of essential services, including health and education. Addressing the root causes of armed violence is the key to safer and more stable societies.