12 Things to Know

Unless there is a concerted effort worldwide to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions, South Asia will suffer huge economic, social, and environmental damage from the consequences of climate change.

By 2015, ten countries in Southeast Asia plan to launch a single market for goods, services, capital and labor, which has the potential to be one of the largest economies and markets in the world. Here are 12 things to know about the ASEAN Economic Community.

South Asia needs to invest more in education and skills training to improve economic opportunities for its growing youth population.

After years of rapid growth, many countries in Asia have advanced to middle-income status. The transition from middle income to high income, however, can be a slow process. Here are 12 things to know about overcoming the so-called middle-income trap in the region.

Hydropower generation and exports are key elements of Bhutan’s economy and essential to clean energy development in South Asia. Here are 12 things to know about the hydropower sector.

Information and communications technology is both an engine of growth for developing countries and a tool for training today's youth to become the workforce of tomorrow. Here are 12 things to know about technology and youth skills development in Asia and the Pacific.

In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.

Trade is one of the most effective ways to help developing countries and economies escape the poverty trap. The Aid for Trade initiative helps least developed countries strengthen their capabilities to meet market demand and overcome economic obstacles.

Despite Asia's remarkable economic progress over the last decades, inequality remains a problem in the region.

Two years before the 2015 deadline, developing Asia shows mixed progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Income poverty has been slashed by half, but the region still faces challenges such as rising inequality and environmental sustainability. Here are 12 things to know about the status of MDGs in the region.