Global Violent Deaths in 2021

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 4 December, 2023

The Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database has been updated to include revised data on conflict deaths, intentional homicides, and killings during legal interventions between 2017 and 2021. The addition of the 2021 data to the GVD database—where the Small Arms Survey tracks and compiles statistics on violent deaths across 222 countries and territories—presents an alarming reversal in trends. The number of people who lost their life violently has dramatically increased in 2021, with firearms accounting for 45% of these deaths.

Turning Tides: A New Surge in Global Violent Deaths

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 1 December, 2023

'Although 2020 will be best remembered for the turmoil of COVID-19, it was also the year with the fewest violent deaths in a decade.

New 2021 figures from the Small Arms Survey's Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database, however, show a six percent rise in global deadly violence compared to 2020.

Such a surge hasn't happened since the infamous 2016 peak, when the devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq were responsible for almost a fifth of the record number of violent fatalities...'

The Peace Operations Data Set (PODS)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 16 June, 2023

The Small Arms Survey’s Peace Operations Data Set (PODS) documents attacks on peacekeepers and other incidents resulting in the loss of arms and ammunition. It is intended to support the development of effective checks and balances to enhance weapons and ammunition management (WAM) practices in peace operations and to promote the development of good practice.