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Learn How to Cut the Economic Impact of Violence

By Robin Loving Rowland


Patricia de Obeso

With Mexico’s violence dominating the world news at present, it is important to note that the economic costs of violence to the gross domestic product of Mexico can be compared to the amount Mexico spends annually on education. This fact is publicized in the Mexican Peace Index produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP). The IEP is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress. The IEP compiles several leading economic indicators and standardized measurements to gauge progress in the areas of economics and peace for Mexico. IEP has offices in Sydney, New York, Oxford, and Mexico City.

Rotary – Midday Presentation
“Learn How to Cut the Economic Impact of Violence”
Tue, Dec 2, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión el Molino
Salida a Querétaro 1
Tue, Dec 2, 6pm
Camino de la Paz Peace Pole
Rinconada de la Aldea 29
Wed, Dec 3, 8:30pm
Rotary’s evening club in Spanish
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Loreto 15
152 3709

Patricia de Obeso, spokeswoman for the IEP, will be in San Miguel on Tuesday, December 2, to present new economic information at Rotary-Midday at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión el Molino, Salida a Querétaro 1. Later she will announce a San Miguel Peace Congress planned for April 15, 2015. This announcement will be made at the Camino de la Paz Peace Pole on the Rinconada de la Aldea at 6pm. The next day, Wendy Coulson will present to the Rotary’s evening club in Spanish at 8:30pm at Hotel Quinta Loreto, explaining what can be done to improve the economic impact on Mexico that results from violence. All meetings will be open to the public, and business and government officials are especially invited.

Peace is Rotary International’s primary initiative, and the district governor of this area, Manuel Sánchez Resinas, will be in attendance at these events, as will Wendy Coulson, who has just been named a Rotary Peace Fellow. Coulson will travel to the Rotary University of Peace in Thailand in early 2015. She is only the tenth person from Mexico to be selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow.

For more information, contact Camino de la Paz spokesperson Tom Schneider, 415 109- 7688,, or Obeso at 555 668-8502,, or


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