Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2013

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Poverty and insecurity

The Asian and Pacific region still has the largest absolute number of people living in extreme poverty of all global regions – in 2011, there were 743 million people living in extreme poverty in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. However, there are substantial variations between subregions and countries in terms of the proportion of people living in extreme poverty. Despite a steady decline in extreme poverty over the past two decades, many countries have been experiencing a greater level of income inequality, which constrains domestic markets and threatens shared prosperity. Poverty and inequality are the primary focus for the global development agenda and will remain a focus for the development agenda beyond 2015.


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