3rd Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention

Date: 17-19 July 2007
Location: Tulliallan Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom

Hosted by the Violence Reduction Unit at the Scottish Police College located at Tulliallan Castle, Scotland, Milestones 2007 convened 200 of the world's leading violence prevention researchers, practitioners and advocates. The theme of the meeting "Scaling Up" spoke to the fact that more and more countries are taking action on the basis that violence can be prevented. A growing body of scientific research shows that population-level interventions to address the underlying causes of violent behaviour and victimization are effective in preventing new instances of violence. Such interventions include: home visitation programmes to reduce child maltreatment, school-based educational programmes to prevent intimate partner violence, the treatment of depression to prevent suicide, and reducing the demand for and availability of firearms to prevent all types of violence. The challenge is to "scale up" and globalize these effective prevention strategies by encouraging and supporting countries and communities everywhere to begin taking preventive action now.

Participants in Milestones 2007 included Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus, Assistant Director-General of WHO, who provided introductory remarks and Honorable Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice of the Scottish Executive, who gave the opening address to the conference. Other participants included Dr José Ángel Córdova, the Minister of Health of Mexico; Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood of Egypt; Dr Kofi Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer of Ghana; and and Dr Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, who served on a panel addressing "Opportunities and challenges for scaling up". Three other panel discussions focused on identifying what remains to be done, producing visible results, and increasing international support for violence prevention. Experts from Belgium, Canada, Jamaica, Luxembourg, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as WHO and the United Nations Development Programme participated in these panels. A special plenary session was held on "The roots of empathy and the primary prevention of violence", facilitated by Dr Gordon Phaneuf of the Child Welfare League of Canada, with Dr Mary Gordon, President of Roots of Empathy, a Canadian nongovernmental organization, as speaker and Hon Paddy Tomkins, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, as discussant. A series of workshop programmes on topics such as the misuse of alcohol, school-based life skills training, and policing and criminal justice also formed part of the programme.

Milestones 2007 was the third in a series of meetings marking the anniversary of the launch of the landmark World report on violence and health released by WHO in 2002. The meetings provide an opportunity for countries to show case their take up of the Report's recommendations. This third in the series also served as a platform for discussing scaled-up country-level implementation of these recommendations, and efforts to measure effectiveness using the outcomes that really matter - such as rates for violence-related deaths, non-fatal injuries and other violence-related health conditions.

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