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Survey of Economic and Social Developments in the ESCWA Region 2010-2011

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This book assesses feasible financing strategies for policymakers to follow in pursuance of human development, taking as reference the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their achievement by 2015. These strategies are analyzed in the context of broader concerns of economic development with special reference to nine countries from Africa, Asia and the Middle East; that is, how to make macroeconomic policies support more effectively sustained growth while reducing widespread poverty and inequalities and other human development gaps in low- and middle-income countries, especially in times of global economic crises or external shocks. In this sense, this book adds new evidence regarding the social deficits in these countries and suggests policy options to overcome them.

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Green economy as an option for socio-economic development and poverty alleviation

As discussed in chapter I, the region has been facing serious economic, political and social challenges that affect its abilities to move towards inclusive socio-economic development. The social issues that the ESCWA region is currently facing, which are linked to high youth unemployment rates, high population growth and unplanned rural to urban migration, are compounded by serious environmental challenges, including water scarcity, drought and desertification. This represents a major obstacle to the achievement of comprehensive sustainable development with its three pillars, namely economic, social and environmental.

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