Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence prevention topic of global gathering of experts in Mexico City, Mexico

From 11-15 November, the Mexican Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened a week of meetings in Mexico City on a public health approach to violence prevention.

The centrepiece of the week was the 6th Meeting on Milestones in the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention, held on 13-14 November and hosted by the Mexican Government on behalf of WHO.

The meeting was attended by over 300 international and Mexican participants and opened by the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr J. Meade Kuribreña; the Mexican Minister of Health, Dr M. Juan López; and the WHO Representative for Mexico, Dr M. Birmingham.

Keynote addresses were given by Dr E. Krug, WHO Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, who provided an overview of violence prevention progress globally and by Prof L. Sherman, of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, who underlined the need for greater investment in outcome evaluation studies to establish what works to prevent violence.

Technical sessions on day one covered child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder maltreatment. Highlights on day two included state-of-the science reviews of the evidence for preventing violence and a high-level panel discussion during which ministers and senior representatives from 12 governments described how they are addressing problems such as firearm-related homicide, child maltreatment, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.

A key next step identified during the closing session was the establishment of a technical working group to inform the measurement of violence-related goals in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

As part of the series of meetings, on 11-12 November, a meeting to review best practices in violence prevention was held for Mexican delegates; on 12 November, the UBS Optimus Foundation and WHO convened a one-day meeting on integrating child maltreatment prevention and early child development programming; and on 15 November, the annual meeting of the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance was hosted.