I am pleased to present the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2013, a reference of key facts on current and emerging trends of economic, social and environmental development in Asia and the Pacific.
Whether you are looking for the most recent comparable statistics on demographic changes, major health risks or tourism, or a quick overview of the essential facts on economic, social and environmental development concerning members of ESCAP, you will find this publication useful.
Indeed, the 2013 edition of the Statistical Yearbook presents concise analyses highlighting major achievements and challenges for the 58 regional ESCAP member States and the five subregions in promoting economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. These analyses are supported with the most up-to-date and comparable data for over 300 indicators. Altogether, the publication encompasses 32 topics covering eight themes: demographic trends, health, education and knowledge, poverty and insecurity, women’s empowerment, environment, economy, and connectivity. In addition to revising and updating the indicators to reflect changing development priorities, this Yearbook includes two new topics which are very relevant to the region: food security and crime.
You will notice that each topic is structured to first present highlights of development trends in the Asian and Pacific region, followed by statistical facts, charts and text boxes which cover emerging issues or recent developments or data collection and availability issues, ending with suggestions for further reading in case you would like to have more in-depth understanding of the topic. Under each topic, there are also explanations of the indicators and data sources, complete with data tables. This format is intended to make the publication an easy reference for you, whether you are searching for a particular statistic or hope to acquire an overall picture on essential issues surrounding economic, social and environmental development in Asia and the Pacific, and whether you are a government official, a researcher, an activist, a business person, or simply a citizen.
The Yearbook is accompanied by a series of online products, including country fact sheets, a database containing over 500 indicators and data visualization options. In order to maximize comparability across regions, subregions and countries, data at the country level have been obtained from international agencies which follow international statistical standards in compiling and reporting data.
This publication would not have been possible without the collaboration of a large number of individuals and international organizations. I am confident that the information contained in this publication will continue to support the efforts of governments, development partners and the people of Asia and the Pacific to build inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies.
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
and Executive Secretary of ESCAP