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GLOBAL STRATEGIES TO PREVENT VIOLENCE - The Role of the World Health Organization

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Learn more about the WHO ’s global violence prevention strategy from

Dr. Christopher Mikton – World Health Organization, Violence Prevention Technical Officer at the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability

The talk will be followed by the launch of the report “Global Strategies to Reduce Violence by 50% in 30 Years – Findings from the WHO and University of Cambridge Global Violence Reduction Conference 2014” and an expert discussion with

Prof. Manuel Eisner – University of Cambridge, Director of the Violence Research Centre, Deputy Director of the Insitutute of Criminology and Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology at the Institute of Criminology

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— “2015 is a chance to change history”, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, referring to the post-2015 development agenda. This includes a chance to revolutionise our approach to violence prevention. The current draft of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals includes “to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere”, to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children”, and to “promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and ensure equal access to justice for all”. If adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in early 2015, the world community of nations will commit itself, for the first time, to taking concerted global action to reduce violence in all its forms.

The World Health Organization is at the forefront of creating political momentum to reduce violence with evidence-based policies. On 24 May 2014 the 67th World Health Assembly adopted a historic resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”. The resolution has taken the 20-year long commitment of the WHO to global violence prevention to a new level: It calls on the WHO to prepare a global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence within the coming two years. lso, the WHO is requested to strengthen efforts to develop the scientific evidence on magnitude, trends, health consequences, and risk and protective factors for violence, to support member states by providing technical assistance, and finalise its global status report on violence prevention. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

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