Despite some very serious challenges, Asia-Pacific as a whole has achieved high rates of economic growth and overall development during the last decade. Yet, it continues to show deep social, ecological and economic imbalances. In countries with special needs, in particular LDCs, progress towards reducing poverty and hunger and achieving other MDGs has slowed down significantly, due to inadequate human and financial capacity, furthered by the turmoil in the global economy since 2008.
ESCAP studies have identified a two-pronged strategy for accelerating the progress of LDCs towards achieving the MDGs. First, promote growth in a more inclusive manner, which would not only increase the per capita household income of the poor and speed up poverty alleviation, but also reduce inequality. This would require enhanced productive capacity and improving basic infrastructure for creating productive and decent jobs, boosting agricultural production, and improving service delivery. To achieve these goals, all organs of governments, including line ministries but also different levels of government, must work collectively towards MDG targets.
The key objectives of the workshop are to:
1) Increase understanding and awareness of policymakers and other stakeholders in selected Asia-Pacific LDCs of better coordinated and harmonized cross-sectoral policies and programmes.
2) Increase capacity of key national stakeholders in selected Asia-Pacific LDCs to implement policies and programmes for improved service delivery.