Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019

Ambitions Beyond Growth

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The region has seen tremendous economic and social progress over the last 50 years, However, this conceals increasing risks to achieving the 2030 Agenda. Despite progress on many fronts, the region is not on track to meet many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The gains from economic growth are not being shared by all. Available jobs do not fully translate into decent work. The region is home to five of the world’s 10 countries most affected by climate risks. Against such a backdrop, bold and wise policies are needed to maintain growth momentum while enhancing the drivers of sustainable development. The Survey explores the critical role of investment for SDG requirements.




The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is a flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Published annually since 1947, the Survey has been a valuable companion to policymakers, civil society, academia and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region for decades, providing forward-looking analyses and recommendations on economic conditions and key sustainable development challenges.


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