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Global Peace Index

BD slips one step down

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UNB, Dhaka :
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.
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 remains the most peaceful country in the world.
However, this year, the global peace has slightly improved by 0.28 percent with 98 countries are facing improvement and 68 deterioration.
Violence costs 12.6% of the world's GDP, though the number of people killed by terrorism dropped into 10 percent 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 bn, which is less than one percent 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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