Asia’s cities must become greener, more inclusive, more competitive, and more resilient to build forward better and be better places to live.
The pandemic laid bare the fragility of global supply chains and the need to increase access to trade finance to spur economic growth and create jobs.
As the pandemic continues to affect global trade, governments need to take measures now to be better prepared for future disruptions.
As new virus outbreaks emerge in developing countries in Asia, vaccines are changing the nature of the pandemic by rendering COVID-19 a much less deadly disease. Governments are responding with milder containment measures.
As the Delta variant rips across Asia, countries must double down on established best practices and accelerate vaccination programs wherever possible.
Countries with better information and communication technology, particularly internet access, were able to do more activities online during the pandemic, which cushioned the adverse effect of COVID-19 on economic activity.
The pandemic has worsened inequality on many fronts. Pro-active macroeconomic policy combined with labor retraining programs and increased social protection are needed.
To cope with the pandemic, Asia’s poor are missing meals and selling their assets. Governments need to target policies toward the most vulnerable in order to stave off long-term damaging impacts.
If we hope to regain progress on the Sustainable Development Goals—and improve people’s lives— we must improve water service delivery in ways that help countries better manage future crises and improve equitable access to water.