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Youths now make up 30 per cent of Bangladesh population

DHAKA, Nov 18, 2014 (BSS) - State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Zahid Malik today called upon the educated youths to join politics as according to the UN report Bangladesh now has more than 30 per cent of its population between the ages of 10 and 24.

"If the patriotic and well educated youths come to politics there would be a qualitative change in the overall political scenario of the country", said the State Minister.

The State Minster for health and welfare said this as the chief guest while addressing the inaugural session of launching 'the '2014 State of World Population Report" at the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) here this morning.

The State of World Population 2014, titled 'Power of 1.8 Billion' was released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

UNFPA country representative Argentina Matavel and country director of Population Council Dr Ubaidur Rob also spoke on the occasion.

According to the report, the population in Bangladesh is estimated at 15.85 crore, which is equivalent to 2.19 per cent of the total world population.

On the other hand, Bangladesh ranks number 8 in the list of countries by population.

The population density in Bangladesh is 1,101 people per km square. Some 30 per cent of the population are urban (47,334,620 people in 2014).

The UNPFA reports projected that only 10-19 per cent of Bangladesh's population would be young people by 2050. This means that Bangladesh needs to invest right now in the human capital of its young people if it wants to reap the benefits of a large demographic dividend.

The report also suggested Bangladesh for investing in quality education, employment opportunities, civic participation and health services, including sexual and reproductive health for the young people.

It has been mentioned in the report that the number of young people in the world is 180 crore. Their basic and human rights must have to be ensured.

A major portion of this population does not go to schools, while most of them are still unemployed. Some 39,000 girls marry every day before reaching 18 years of age.