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Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2018

Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace

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This publication discusess issues of interest for the region’s countries with special needs. It offers an analytical background for the multidimensional linkages between peace and sustainable development and attempts to categorize policy recommendations that support the 2030 Agenda and maintain peace and prevent conflict. It focuses on countries with special needs and the structural development challenges they face, in combination with their limited capacities and resources, which make them particularly vulnerable to conflict. It provides recommendation on policies that could be strengthen the nexus between development and peace through further research on the underlying causes of vulnerability of countries in the region.

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The landscape of conflict in Asia and the Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is diverse across multiple dimensions – geographically, from the steppes of Central Asia to the tropics of South-East Asia and the Pacific island countries, and economically, from the advanced status of countries such as Australia and Japan to those embroiled in civil conflict and trapped in least developed country status such as Afghanistan. While the region has exhibited stellar development performance, it has witnessed nearly the same level of armed conflict as Africa which has invariably hampered progress (figure 2.1).

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