In this Wednesday, July 1, 2015, file photo, smoke rises following an explosion in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, as seen from the Israel-Egypt border, near Kerem Shalom town, southern Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
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Each year on Sept. 21, an International Day of Peace is observed across the world in an attempt to promote peace and unity among nations.The Global Peace Index produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index, composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, ranks 162 independent states, covering 99.6 percent of the world's population. The complex and dynamic fabric of peace around the world is explored in detail in the 2015 Peace Index report. The index reveals that global peace levels remained stable; however, the total score disguises an increasingly divided world: Many countries achieve historic levels of peace, while strife-torn nations continue to degrade into violence – Iceland tops the ranks as the most peaceful country in the world and Syria is the least peaceful.According to figures outlined in the 2015 Global Peace Index, if global violence were to decrease by 10 percent uniformly, an additional $1.43 trillion would effectively be added to the world economy.
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