Safety and Security remain top priority for global citizens: World Citizenship Report

The World Citizenship Report 2023 has evaluated the preferences of global citizens and marked Safety and Security as the key motivator for the average masses

Safety and Security remain top priority for global citizens: World Citizenship Report
Safety and Security remain top priority for global citizens: World Citizenship Report

The World Citizenship Report 2023 has evaluated the preferences of global citizens and marked Safety and Security as the key motivator for the average masses. The report, which was released last week by CS Global Partners and stated that the motivator accounts for 25 percent of a nation’s overall World Citizenship Index (WCI) score.

The findings of the WCR showcased the significance of Safety and Security, and this is the cornerstone for protecting individual rights and freedoms. Pointing to the Western nations, WCR said that among Western nations, having an active war so close to home compared with conflicts in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the World, has resulted in a growing preoccupation or sense of danger around the prospect of war.

Highlighting the findings of the survey, World Citizenship Report added a multi-country survey found that over 50 percent of EU respondents fear that the equipment and operational capability of their country’s army is unsatisfactory, with 40 percent stating that defence spending should be increased.

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These attitudes tally with the findings of the World Citizenship Report (WCR) where, for example, physical Safety was ranked as the top feature of citizenship most important to 25–34-year-olds. This suggests that Safety and Security are no longer a sure bet among those who typically take it for granted the most.

WCR outlined the significance of Safety and Security is different for the different countries. For example, physical Safety has typically been of paramount importance for citizens from regions such as the Middle East, where incidences of social unrest such as the ‘Arab Spring’-like events or even armed conflict have been relatively commonplace, while Europeans are now also considering the threat of war for the first time in several generations.

WCR research shows that whereas 22 percent of Middle Eastern participants’ first thought associated with citizenship is ‘safety’, Europeans are not far behind at 18 percent, which again reflects their new concerns over a widening conflict.

World Citizenship Report 2023 also pointed out St Kitts and Nevis and stated that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) data shows that St Kitts and Nevis saw a 50 percent reduction in its average crime statistics over the past five years resulting in it being ranked among the safest islands to visit in 2023 by well-known tourist guide “Travellers Worldwide”.

Explaining Safety and Security, World Citizenship Report stated that this is ability to feel safe in one’s immediate environment is the foundation for a stable and secure society. Not only does the absence of physical and political violence make individuals more likely to engage in productive activities and contribute to the overall well-being of society.

The safety and Security motivator of the World Citizenship Index (WCI) relies on data from the Global Peace Index (GPI), an annual report produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) that estimates the relative position of nations and regions according to their levels of peacefulness. As an additional statistical input, Safety and Security use several dimensions from the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) published by the World Bank, including Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, and Rule of Law.