The Asia-Pacific region is becoming a significant driver of global economic growth. In 2010, the region’s developing countries grew at a rate of 8.8 per cent compared to 2.7 per cent for the world’s developed economies. In the region, mobile telephony and broadband internet in particular are bringing unprecedented digital opportunities that are transforming societies. However, a number of gaps, particularly in infrastructure, need to be addressed to ensure that these digital opportunities do not engender a digital divide, thereby accelerating regional inequities.
Concerns with high and volatile prices of food and fuel remain at the centre of the policy agenda. Volatility of commodity prices continues to be influenced by fundamentals of demand and supply, but is exacerbated by the financialization of commodity markets. High global liquidity has played an important role in supporting the persistently high prices of oil and globally traded food commodities. The challenge was highlighted by the head of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mr.
Technical Workshop on Household Water Security
The 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit
Panel Discussion on the challenges and solutions of technical aspects of HWS. The focus of this session is to address:
Challenges to ensure the HWS Tools and means on data collection and application of the HWS Index Barriers and challenges for development banks, financial institutions and government to increase investments on HWS
Innovative financing on HWS