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‘Link population to foreign policy’

November 24, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

‘Link population to foreign policy’

The executive director of the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) has suggested that population issues be made part of foreign policy.

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Joe Thomas, also a global leader in the area of public health, population and development, suggested that Bangladesh take “a leadership role” in this regard.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Population diplomacy: is there any room for it?’ at Dhaka University on Monday, marking the 20 years of the 26-country organisation that promotes south-south cooperation.

Population diplomacy is a new idea. The US pursues global health diplomacy for which the state department trains its ambassadors.

Thomas said population at times forms a sub-sector of broader health issues. “Many countries may not be interested in population diplomacy, if it is not their problem.”

But he said Bangladesh might consider population as part of its official foreign policy. “There is a room for it,” he said.

Bangladesh is the eighth largest country in the world in terms of population.

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