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.




The share of urban population in the region has been rising steadily for the last 25 years. At 47.7% in 2014, the urbanization rate remains however below the world level of 53.6%. But the region is rapidly catching up and has maintained the second highest urban population growth rate of all regions (after Africa) with an annual growth of 2.6% since 1990.


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