UNSADP – Bangladesh
Facts about Bangladesh:
 Formerly East Pakistan, Bangladesh came into being only
in 1971
 Bangladesh spent 15 years under military rule and
democracy was restored in 1990
 Political tensions have spilled over into violence;
hundreds of people have been killed in recent years.
 Bangladesh has been criticised for its human rights
record, with particular concern about assaults on women
and allegations that police use torture against those in
 In 1970 a cyclone killed more than 300,000 people along the coast,
and in 2007 Cyclone Sidr caused thousands of deaths along with
significant damage to the country's infrastructure.
 Gas reserves both on and offshore keeps the hope for a good future.
 The low-lying country is vulnerable to flooding and
cyclones and it stands to be badly affected by predicted
rises in sea levels.
 Dhaka is the capital city
It's also home to many spectacular river-swimming Bengal tigers.
the largest river delta in the world,
Inhabitant information:
 164.4 million people live in Bangladesh within an area of
143,998 sq km.
 Life expectancy is 67 years (men), 69 years (women)
Main language is Bengali; major religions are Islam and Hinduism.
Main exports are Garments, fish, jute goods, leather
 Literacy is 43 percent
almost half of all Bangladeshis live on less than $1 a day
Current situation:
 Unable to meet the demand for jobs because it’s over
People seek work abroad, sometimes illegally. The
country is trying to diversify its economy, with industrial
development a priority. Overseas investors have pumped
money into manufacturing
 There has been a debate about whether the reserves
should be kept for domestic use or exported. Some
international energy companies are involved in the gas
Bangladesh is one of the most crowded places on the planet.
 Improved infrastructure
 Protection against floods and cyclones.
 education
 medicine
1. Investment in medicine for treatments for diseases such as Trachoma, which
exists in south Asia. Promoting the SAFE-strategy, which is also used in Ethiopia.
2. Infrastructures that are resistant against flooding, cyclones and earthquakes
during the monsoon.
3. Investing in new education techniques, new materials. 43% literacy.
4. Invest in industry, provide jobs, and using raw materials for export and
trading, leading to a more stable economy.