Violence and Injury Prevention

6th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting

The 6th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting was held at the Mexican Ministry for External Relations in Mexico City. The meeting was hosted by WHO and the Mexican Ministry of Health, with financial support from the latter and the California Wellness Foundation.

Under the theme "Towards measurable violence prevention targets" almost 300 experts from all over the world discussed progress in WHO´s Global Campaign for Violence Prevention and strategized the way ahead by:

  • Presenting new data on homicide and on risk factors for interpersonal violence;
  • Presenting new evidence on effective interventions to prevent interpersonal violence in developed and developing countries;
  • Outlining what can be done to improve the capacity to measure violence prevention efforts;
  • Agreeing on the need to consolidate efforts to strengthen the measurement of violence and violence prevention policies, programmes and laws;
  • Calling for the establishment of a technical working group to inform the measurement of violence-related goals in the post-2015 development agenda.

The meeting was opened by the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña; the Mexican Minister of Health, Dr Mercedes Juan López; and the WHO Representative for Mexico, Dr Maureen Birmingham.

Keynote addresses were given by Dr Etienne 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 Lawrence 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 where 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. Next steps identified during the closing session included establishment of a technical working group to inform the measurement of violence-related goals in the post-2015 and other agendas.

The meeting was preceded by a Mexican National Workshop on Best Practices in Violence Prevention framed into an entire week dedicated to violence prevention in Mexico and an international consultation on Integrating early child development and violence prevention programming, supported by the UBS Optimus Foundation. It was followed by the annual meeting of the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA).

Presentations

Overview of violence prevention progress

6th Milestones Meeting keynote address

Theme 1: What are we measuring and what could be measurable targets?

Theme 2: What is the state of prevention science?

Theme 3. What are we doing to improve our capacity to prevent violence and make our efforts measurable?

Theme 4. What are we recommending for the years ahead that will help us move towards measurable violence prevention targets?

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