Since 1990, the Human Development Index has revolutionized discussions about
human development. However, it suffers from two deficiencies, which can now be mitigated:
geographic incompleteness and insufficiently “on-target” representation of economy,
knowledge, and “a long and healthy life” at the level of the individual. This report summarizes
attempts to rectify those deficiencies.
In addition, steady advances in attempts to characterize different aspects of the human
The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.
The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report is an annual publication prepared by staff of the Trade and Investment Division as a full in-house publication. The Report replaces the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Review with its first issue in 2009. The theme of APTIR 2009 is: "trade-led recovery and beyond". This issue analyses the impact of the global economic crisis on trade and investment flows in and to the region and implications for trade policy.
This paper evaluates the potential contribution of both trade and business facilitation measures to trade and export competitiveness, as well as the potential gains from adopting a more integrated and coherent approach to trade and business (investment) facilitation. The analysis confirms that measures aimed at reducing the behind and at-the-border cost of exporting, such as reduction in customs and port fees and charges and improvement in transport infrastructure and logistics services can be expected to have a significant impact on trade.
This paper reviews the progress in trade-related areas of ASEAN Economic Community to be established by 2015. It provides empirical evidence and qualitative analysis on how the process of trade integration worked and what could have been done for it to have worked better. Where appropriate it elaborates on forces or institutions driving the process of integration. The paper uses descriptive statistics and some off-the-shelf indicators to track progress in trade integration which is the main pillar of building ASEAN Economic Community.
This discussion paper provides an overview of the project “Building Capacity for Community-based Treatment and Continuing Care of Young Drug Users in the Greater Mekong Subregion”, which was implemented over the period 2002-2008 in Yunnan Province, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The document reviews the project’s activities, achievements and challenges in the context of efforts to divert young drug users from compulsory treatment to community care by means of capacity building, generating greater awareness and advocacy work.
This publication comprises three papers commissioned by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It provides a gender analysis of commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children and youth and the Pacific islands societal context of these issues, as well as addresses traditional practices and child rights.
Asia-Pacific economies have been hit once again by a financial crisis. On 15 September 2008, the American investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering an extraordinary downward spiral in confidence and financial turmoil. It was also the day when the crisis truly hit Asia-Pacific shores, spreading beyond its equity markets and posing the greatest threat to the region’s development since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.