UNODC 2019 Global Homicide Study (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Today’s meeting discussed homicide rates across the world in regards to both the victims and who is committing these murders. A thorough presentation was given explaining how it contained statistics in international rates of homicide across 202 countries from 1990-2017. Putting them in groups of location, age, gender, etc., 45% have data from 20+ years, 33%have from 11-20 years and 22% have up to 10 years. 

Studies found that Violent behavior and homicide happen more with men than women. The Americas has the highest rate of homicide followed by Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. 

Studies on drugs and homicide rates. Reasons for homicide can be for many things such as war/conflict, non-conflict, war-related, or self-inflicted. It is also known to kill far more people than armed conflict. In regards to gender and age, men are more likely to be homicide victims compared to women. If a woman is to be murdered however, there’s a 64% chance it is by a partner or family member. Homicide victims also usually range between ages 18- mid50s. 

Tactics on how to lower homicide rates also came into question. The current trend indicates that Sustainable Development Goal target 16 may not be reached by 2030. We see in areas like Asia where levels of homicide have decreased dramatically but in the Americas, it fluctuates. Statistics show that in some countries prisons are much more dangerous than the outside world. Further discussion on how we can lower homicide rates in all areas of the world will be discussed in the afternoon meeting.

Meeting: UNODC 2019 Global Homicide Study (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC))

Date/Location: Monday, July 8, 2019; 10:00-13:00; Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Speakers: Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov

Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Jean-Luc Lemahieu

Chief of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch,  Angela Me

Written By: WIT Representative Ikonii Chiabi

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