Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2017
The Key Indicators presents the latest statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, environmental,
The Key Indicators presents the latest statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, environmental, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators for the 48 regional members of the Asian Development Bank. It is designed to serve as a resource for information on development issues across the region for a wide audience, including policy makers, development practitioners, government officials, researchers, students, and the general public.
A key component of this year’s report is a summary of findings from three pilot household surveys to support the development of standardized methods and guidelines for collecting sex-disaggregated data on asset ownership.
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Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of The Asian Development Bank
This book is a history of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development bank established 50 years ago to
This book is a history of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development bank established 50 years ago to serve Asia and the Pacific.
Focusing on the region’s economic development, the evolution of the international development agenda, and the story of ADB itself, Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific raises several key questions: What are the outstanding features of regional development to which ADB had to respond? How has the bank grown and evolved in changing circumstances? How did ADB’s successive leaders promote reforms while preserving continuity with the efforts of their predecessors? ADB has played an important role in the transformation of Asia and the Pacific over the past 50 years. As ADB continues to evolve and adapt to the region’s changing development landscape, the experiences highlighted in this book can provide valuable insight on how best to serve Asia and the Pacific in the future.50years-adb.pdf (5 MB)Click to close
Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2017: Transcending the Middle-Income Challenge
Developing Asia has continued to perform well, even as recovery in the major industrial economies remains weak. The regi
Developing Asia has continued to perform well, even as recovery in the major industrial economies remains weak. The region is forecast to expand by 5.7% in 2017 and 2018, nearly the 5.8% growth achieved in 2016.
Decades of rapid growth transformed developing Asia from a low-income region to middle income. Sustaining growth to power the transition to high income will depend on much greater improvement in productivity. Innovation, human capital, and infrastructure are the three pillars of productivity growth. Supportive institutions and policies, underpinned by macroeconomic stability, can strengthen all three pillars. Asia’s dynamic track record suggests that attaining high income status, while challenging, is achievable.ado-2017.pdf (7 MB)Click to close
FAO and the SDGs
On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development &n
On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets – committing the international community to end poverty and hunger and achieve sustainable development between 2016 and 2030. Six months later, a global indicator framework for the SDGs – comprising 230 indicators - was identified to monitor the 169 targets and track progress, becoming the foundation of the SDGs’ accountability structure. The number of indicators - four times greater than for the MDGs - represents an immense challenge for countries. FAO - proposed ‘custodian’ UN agency for 21 SDG indicators and a contributing agency for six more – can assist countries in meeting the new monitoring challenges. This publication presents FAO’s work in developing and strengthening indicators that measure food, agriculture and the sustainable use of natural resources, shining a light on the 21 indicators of FAO custodianship. It describes how the organization can support countries track progress and make the connection between monitoring and policymaking to achieve the SDGs.
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From MDGs to Sustainable Development For All: Lessons from 15 Years of Practice
In 2015, world leaders set out to defy the odds, committing themselves to achieve 17 ambitious and far-reaching Sustaina
In 2015, world leaders set out to defy the odds, committing themselves to achieve 17 ambitious and far-reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This was not the first time the world had attempted to raise the trajectory of human progress by employing Global Goals. In 2000, world leaders blazed a trail by adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were the first attempt to use Global Goals to capture and advance the shared interest we all have, in a more just, peaceful and prosperous world.
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Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs
This UNDP-World Bank Report pulls together the main lessons learned from the MDG Reviews for the UN system and for its e
This UNDP-World Bank Report pulls together the main lessons learned from the MDG Reviews for the UN system and for its engagement at the country level, which took place at the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Reviews, which brought together UN and World Bank Group staff, systematically identified the country situation, the bottlenecks to MDG attainment, and potential solutions to be implemented. Since many MDGs have been absorbed into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of the observations and solutions provided could prove useful to the implementation of the SDGs.
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ASEAN Strategic Plan for Culture and Arts 2016-2025
One of the goals of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint is to forge solidarity and unity in the&nbs
One of the goals of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint is to forge solidarity and unity in the ASEAN region by building a common identity that supports greater understanding and mutual respect among the peoples of the ASEAN region. The ASCC Blueprint has effectively guided the culture sector’s initiatives, which “are deemed highly relevant in achieving the strategic objective of creating a sense of belonging, of consolidating unity in diversity, and of deepening mutual understanding among the ASEAN Member States”. Through the targets set by the ASCC Blueprint, the culture sector has likewise pushed for the conservation, preservation and safeguarding of the ASEAN community’s cultural heritage.19.-October-2016-ASEAN-Strategic-Plan-for-Culture-and-Arts-2016-2025.pdf (2 MB)Click to close
Greater Mekong Subregion Statistics on Growth, Infrastructure, and Trade (Second Edition)
The document builds on the first edition, with improved quantity and quality of data. The booklet begins with highlights
The document builds on the first edition, with improved quantity and quality of data. The booklet begins with highlights—a snapshot of the subregion’s performance from 1992 to 2014—growth in output and merchandise trade, developments in information and communication technology, and trends in subregional integration. The five chapters feature macroeconomic data; connectivity indicators in transport, global shipping, and information and communication technology; indicators for transport, trade structure in merchandise and services; and indicators in logistics performance, doing business, competitiveness, trade costs, and trade facilitation.ADB 2016 -GMS-Statistics-2nd-ed.pdf (867 KB)Click to close
Viet Nam Environmental Policies and Legislation
These are law, decree and order related to Vietname Environmental Policies and Legislation. All are in PDF format. Most
These are law, decree and order related to Vietname Environmental Policies and Legislation. All are in PDF format. Most are in English (unofficial translation) and some are in Vietnamese.
Sources: REDD VietnameVietname_Decree_on_administrative_violations_of_forest_mgt_forest_protection_and_development_and_forest_products_mgt_11_Nov_2013_Vn.pdf (3 MB) Vietname_Decree_on_collection_of_landuse_fees_03_Dec_2004_Vn.pdf (262 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_forest_fire_prevention_and_control_16_Jan_2006_Vn.pdf (368 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_organization_and_management_of_the_special_use_forest_system_24_Dec_2010_En.pdf (131 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_organization_and_operation_of_the_forest protection_service_16_Oct_2006_En.pdf (113 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_the_implementation_of_law_on_land_29_Oct_2004_En.pdf (411 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_the_implementation_of_the_Law_on_forest_protection_and_development_03_Mar_2006_En.pdf (204 KB) Vietname_Decree_on_the_principles_and_methods_of_determining_prices_of_forests_of_different_types_28_Mar_2007_En.pdf (89 KB) Vietname_Law_on_Boidiversity_28_Nov_2008_En.pdf (116 KB) Vietname_Law_on_Environmental_Protection_12_Dec_2005_En.pdf (346 KB) Vietname_Law_on_Forest_Protection_and_Development_14_Dec_2004_En.pdf (155 KB) Vietname_Law_on_Land_10_Dec_2003_En.pdf (443 KB) Vietname_Law_on_Royalties_04_Dec_2009_En.pdf (116 KB)Click to close
ADB - Urban Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Urbanization is set to play an ever greater role in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, tra
Urbanization is set to play an ever greater role in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, transforming their economies and providing support to green economic growth.
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Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2015
The Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2015: Migrants' Contributions to Development, produced by the Asia-Pacific Regional Th
The Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2015: Migrants' Contributions to Development, produced by the Asia-Pacific Regional Thematic Working Group on International Migration, including Human Trafficking, provides an insight into how labour migration, the dominant migration trend in the Asia-Pacific region, can contribute to development in countries of origin and destination in the Asia-Pacific region. It reviews the main migration trends in the Asia-Pacific region; considers how migrants impact on GDP growth, employment, and wages in countries of destination; and considers how the positive impacts of migration can be maximized, while minimizing the negative trends. In general, it finds that migration is a benefit to countries of origin, destination, and migrants themselves; however, further contributions are hampered by the vulnerability of migrant workers to exploitation. It calls for migration policies and forms of international cooperation that are harmonized with development priorities and international human rights and labour standards to ensure that migration is a benefit for all.SDD AP Migration Report report v6-1-E.pdf (5 MB)Click to close
A global standard for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas
The Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (IUCN 2016) sets out globally agreed crit
The Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (IUCN 2016) sets out globally agreed criteria for the identification of KBAs worldwide. The KBA Standard establishes a consultative, science-based process for KBA identification, founded on the consistent application of global criteria with quantitative thresholds that have been developed through an extensive consultation exercise spanning several years.
Sites qualify as global KBAs if they meet one or more of 11 criteria, clustered into five categories: threatened biodiversity; geographically restricted biodiversity; ecological integrity; biological processes; and, irreplaceability. The KBA criteria can be applied to species and ecosystems in terrestrial, inland water and marine environments. Although not all KBA criteria may be relevant to all elements of biodiversity, the thresholds associated with each of the criteria may be applied across all taxonomic groups (other than micro-organisms) and ecosystems.
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Migration Initiatives 2016
Migration Initiatives is the main publication illustrating both the wide scope of IOM activities and the impact that the
Migration Initiatives is the main publication illustrating both the wide scope of IOM activities and the impact that the Organization aims to have in migration governance worldwide. For the first time ever, Migration Initiatives 2016 is structured around the Migration Governance Framework principles and objectives to provide a comprehensive look at what IOM stands for and its contribution to improved migration governance for sustainable development. Accompanying the overview of IOM planned actions for 2016, Migration Initiatives features a compilation of funding requirements per country, region and sector of activities. Migration Initiatives sums up IOM planned interventions for 2016 in a comprehensive, innovative and looking-forward manner and defines the Organization’s activities to promote well-governed migration for the benefit of all.migration_initiatives2016.pdf (8 MB)Click to close
The Environments of the Poor in Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific
This book is first in a series of a three-volume publication on the environments of the poor, and contains selected pape
This book is first in a series of a three-volume publication on the environments of the poor, and contains selected papers on Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific from a conference organized in 2010 by ADB, in cooperation with various development partners and think tank institutes in Asia. The book introduces a spatial approach to poverty, and argues that a triple win -- reducing poverty, protecting the environment, and responding to climate change -- is possible.environments-poor-southeast-asia.pdf (3 MB)Click to close
ADB Report on Facilitating Safe Labor Migration in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This report, prepared by the International Organization for Migration and funded by ADB, highlights issues on labor migr
This report, prepared by the International Organization for Migration and funded by ADB, highlights issues on labor migration in the GMS and offers recommendations toward increasing social protection for migrants, strengthening capacity and legal framework, and enhancing knowledge management mechanisms.ADB facilitating safe labor migration in gms.pdf (2 MB)Click to close
GMS Atlas of the Environment - 2nd Edition
Prepared for the 20th Anniversary of the GMS, this second edition of the Atlas offers a unique overview of the exquisite
Prepared for the 20th Anniversary of the GMS, this second edition of the Atlas offers a unique overview of the exquisite beauty and diversity of the subregion’s natural environment. It also highlights the tremendous progress made by the GMS countries, as well as the need to address the increasing risks that they face.Click to close
26th July 2017
Climate change will force mass migration of 1 billion by 2100
23rd May 2017
Source: The Nation
As Asean turns 50, region’s leaders must prepare young generation for the future
17th May 2017
How will Southeast Asia feed its people in 2030?
8th May 2017
After 50 years, Asian Development Bank looks ahead
27th January 2017
Before The Flood: Can The Bunong Culture Survive Cambodia’s Sesan Ii Dam?
24th January 2017
ADB Infographic - Data Show 50 Years of Changing Asia
18th January 2017
ADB Article - Population and Aging in Asia: The Growing Elderly Population
16th January 2017
Southeast Asia’s coal boom could cause 70,000 deaths per year by 2030, report says
10th January 2017
Source: Burma News International
Myanmar - Challenges in teaching ethnic language in Burma
10th January 2017
Myanmar - Conserving Protected Indigenous Karen Landscape
9th January 2017
ADB News - ADB Operations Reach a Record $31.5 Billion in 2016
3rd November 2016
ADB: Key Indicators 2016 - Fast Data
19th August 2016
Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Climate change and migration in Mekong Delta, Viet Nam: Linkages between climate change and human migration in Mekong Delta
17th August 2016
Source: China daily
China - National park to help ease tension between villagers, big cats