The growth potential of Asia-Pacific developing economies is being held back by infrastructure shortages and the excessive commodity dependence of some countries. For sustainable development to succeed, economic growth must be made more inclusive, urges the latest flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The 2015 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, introduces a new multidimensional index of inclusiveness that captures the economic, social, and environment dimensions of development. The Index allows comparative scoring of the multidimensional aspects of inclusiveness across different time periods, thus assisting policymakers to better review and monitor progress on inclusive growth.
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary will launch the annual ESCAP flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015, on 14 May 2015, addressing these issues.
The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific has been monitoring regional progress, providing cutting-edge analyses and guiding policy discussion on the current and emerging socioeconomic issues and policy challenges to support inclusive and sustainable development in the region since 1947.
NOTE TO EDITORS
What: Release of the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015
Who: Professor Mark McGillivray, Research Professor of International Development, Deakin University and Hon. Wayne Swan MP, Federal Member for Lilley.
When: 9:30am (Canberra time), Thursday, 14 May 2015
Where: APCD Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
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