In The News
- 8 Mar 2012
The trail-blazing Dr Noeleen Heyzer has been involved at the highest policy-making levels in the UN for nearly 30 years, and she says more has to be done for women's social and economic development.
- 18 Nov 2011
Asia remains by far the most dynamic region in the world and the locomotive of global growth. Its growth rate is one and a half times that of any other region. But this growth has been accompanied by growing inequalities, and remains fragile. The region?s recovery has come under pressure in recent months from multiple crises ? increases in food and energy prices, the continuing global financial crisis, and severe disruptions in Japan and six ASEAN countries caused by adverse climate conditions and natural disasters. Because of these multiple shocks 42 million additional people will fall into poverty by the end of 2011, according to estimates by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
- 3 Nov 2011
The G20 Cannes Summit takes place later this week against the backdrop of a worsening turmoil in the global economy characterized by a serious loss of confidence in the sustainability of the recovery, the deepening debt crisis in the eurozone, and persistent fiscal difficulties and high unemployment in the United States. The slow down of advanced economies is once again affecting the pace of recovery of developing economies as in 2008/09. The overarching priority for the leaders should be to revive the confidence with expansionary policies in advanced economies in the short term while formulating credible fiscal consolidation plans for the medium term. Beyond restoring global confidence, the leaders should send a clear and strong message that the achievement of key developmental objectives ? such as the Millennium Development Goals, narrowing development gaps ? and other policies to foster inclusive and sustainable development have to occupy a central place in sustaining growth.
- 14 Oct 2011
At some point this month, October 2011, a child will be born and the World's population will have reached seven billion. There is a good chance that this childbirth will take place in the Asia-Pacific region; home to 61% of the World's population. If the child is born in the Asia-Pacific region, it will most likely be a boy: In 2010, among children below the age of five, there were 110 boys for every 100 girls. This is much higher than the natural sex ratio, and higher than any other region of the world.
- 20 Jul 2011
Changes taking place in the world economy are likely to catapult the Asia-Pacific region as the centre of gravity of the world economy with China, India and Indonesia emerging as the growth poles for not only the region, but also the entire world. However, there are some important challenges on the way for this transformation to take place. Focusing on inclusive development and deepening regional cooperation will be critical in overcoming the barriers while leading to a more balanced and sustainable pattern of development.