Data and Analysis
ESCAP maintains statistics providing a regional perspective on development issues in Asia and the Pacific. A statistical database, containing approximately 500 data series, is updated twice a year (March and October) and made available online where users can download and manipulate data through a set of visualization tools. The Statistical Yearbook, published every two years, constitutes the printed version of the statistical database. In addition to summary data tables, the Statistical Yearbook includes short introductory analytical texts highlighting major trends and presenting key messages of importance for the region on population, education, health, poverty and inequalities, gender, economy, environment and connectivity issues.
ESCAP contributes analytical work to a series of report tracking progress of the Asia-Pacific region toward the Millennium Development Goals. These regional MDG progress reports include a consistent monitoring system for judging whether countries and sub-regions are on- or off-track to meet the indicators for the 2015 Goals – presenting the results in a series of distinctive colour-coded ‘traffic-light’ charts. Each annual report focuses on particular themes relevant to the region, such as MDG-consistent national development policies; institutional reforms to make the development process fairer and more inclusive; or the impact of the food, fuel and financial crises on the likely achievement of the goals.