BD slips one step down in Global Peace Index   

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 11:46:13 | Updated : 17 Jun 2017, 12:40:16

Bangladesh slips one step down in Global Peace Index

Bangladesh has moved one step down in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2017, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, ranking as the 84th most peaceful country in the world.

In 2016, Bangladesh was ranked 83 on the GPI index to advance from 84th position in 2015.

Yet Bangladesh has retained its position as the third most peaceful country in the South Asian region while Bhutan retained as first and Sri Lanka improved to the position of second, reports UNB.

Nepal faced deteriorations enough to move down to the fourth position. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are in fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively in the South Asia, said the report of GPI in 2017.

On the other hand, USA was ranked 114th position in the GPI while Iceland remained the most peaceful country in the world.

However, this year, the global peace has slightly improved by 0.28 per cent with 98 countries facing improvement and 68 deteriorations.

Violence cost 12.6 per cent of the world's GDP, though the number of people killed by terrorism dropped into 10 per cent and the economic impact of war was US$1.04 trillion. 

On the other hand, peace building expenditure is estimated to be approximately US$10 billion, which is less than one per cent of the overall cost of the war.

The Global Peace Index measured the state of peace in 163 independent states and territories according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence.

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