Launch of the Asia-Pacific regional MDGs report 2012/13

20 Sep 2013
Bangkok, Thailand

The tripartite regional partnership on the MDGs consisting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched their latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs, 'Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda' on 20 September 2013 at UNCC, Bangkok.

The Regional MDGs Report comes at a critical juncture when one big final push is needed to achieve the MDGs in less than 1,000 days. As efforts are scaled up, citizens and leaders of the world are also discussing the possible framework of a transformative development agenda beyond 2015. Thus, this 2012/13 report, while identifying the areas needing accelerated actions and emerging challenges, is intended to inform this global process.

The Asia-Pacific region as a whole has achieved considerable success with the MDGs, particularly in reducing income poverty. Nevertheless, the region is off track in several areas: hunger, health and sanitation – and even in areas such as income poverty where achievements have been spectacular, large gaps remain. Nearly two-thirds of the world's poor still live in this region. Even after 2015, there will therefore be a significant ‘unfinished agenda'. The region also faces many persistent and emerging threats including rising inequality, gender discrimination and violence, demographic shifts and unplanned urbanization, along with climate change and environmental pressures such as pollution and water scarcity.