Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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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.



Income poverty and inequality

The estimated proportion of people in the Asia-Pacific region living on less than $1.25 a day (2005 PPP) in 2011 is 18%, a significant drop from the estimated proportion in 1990, which was 52%. This proportion represents 772 million people living in extreme poverty throughout Asia and the Pacific in 2011, a significant reduction from more than 1.7 billion people living under the same circumstances in 1990.


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