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.



Education and knowledge

Education is not only a fundamental right but also one of the most basic ways people can achieve well-being. It increases lifetime earnings, as well as how much a person can engage with and contribute to society. Bettereducated individuals tend to be healthier and to live longer. A workforce with the right skills is critical to the success of an economy. Investing in education brings individuals and societies enormous benefits socially, environmentally and economically. To realize these benefits, children and adolescents must have access to education, starting with preprimary education.


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