Despite Asia's spectacular economic growth of the last 20 years, with 758 million people who live on less than $1.25 a day poverty remains a dominating issue in the region. Communities living in remote inland areas, along hard-to-reach coastal zones or on marginal land are still particularly affected by the problem.
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Asia’s ongoing economic growth spurt will have a huge impact on its transport system, especially in terms of sustainable mobility of the people, and the safe and efficient movements of good and services. Achieving this promising future and assuring the quality of life of millions across the region will require managing risks and challenges such as congestion, road crashes, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Human activities are causing unprecedented changes in the Earth's climate. The impacts are already plain to see: floods and droughts, volatile food prices, and increased vulnerability for the poor. On World Environment Day 2014 we look at how climate change is affecting vulnerable coastal communities across Asia and the Pacific and what can be done to mitigate its impact.
Cities around Asia are identifying ways of improving quality of life for their growing number of inhabitants. To make “grEEEn” cities a reality, they need to balance Environment sustainability, Equitable services, and boost Economic activity. Green cities are livable cities.
Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific will only translate into more and better jobs for women when legislative, economic, and social reforms are introduced.
On World Health Day 2014, we focus on vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and lymphatic filariasis that are threatening the lives of millions across Asia and the Pacific.
Women play a front line role in managing energy, waste, and water resources and are uniquely positioned to contribute in the fight against climate change. Yet new research funded by the Nordic Development Fund shows women are rarely considered in the disbursal of multi-million dollar global climate funds.
Since Myanmar’s reform process began in 2011, its energy architecture has seen many positive developments. A robust energy development plan is crucial to the successful continuation of the country's economic and social development.
On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we looked at how a post-2015 development agenda should set out to transform Asia and the Pacific in a region free of poverty and with opportunities for all. ADB's Anuradha Rajivan, co-author of Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda, was online to address this and other issues.