For many people, at least 1.7 billion people in Asia and the Pacific, opportunities from the MDGs have not yet materialized.
Susann Roth leads a group that advises on knowledge management best practices to enhance efficiency, quality and innovation at ADB. The team tests new ways for better multi-disciplinary collaboration and problem solving such as human centered design thinking, foresight and futures thinking.
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What will the future for Asia and the Pacific look like - the region with the fastest economic growth and, at the same time, with the poorest people and the largest inequalities in the world – after 2015 and the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals?
The transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals will require partnerships and a new view on development.
Asian governments need to increase their support for social protection programs if they hope to reap broader economic and social benefits.
The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.
The issue of universal health coverage (UHC) is a hot topic these days. The WHO director general Margaret Chan calls it: “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer”.