12 Things to Know

Governments, corporate entities and investors issue and trade bonds to fuel growth and provide financial stability to the Asia and the Pacific region. Here are 12 things you should know about the Asian local currency bond market.

Improving efficiency can help the region meet rising energy demand in a cost-effective and sustainable way. Here are 12 things to know about energy efficiency.

Advances in information and communication technology have created opportunities for economic and social gains in the world's poorest areas. Here are 12 things to know about ICT in Asia and the Pacific region.

Urban expansion in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the region and the world, as it can help address some environmental problems if managed well. Here are 12 things to know about green urbanization in Asia.

Rice consumption in Asia is declining rapidly as a consequence of the region's economic growth, rising disposable income and associated lifestyle changes. Nevertheless, rice remains Asia's most important crop, as it continues to be the single largest source of calories for the majority of consumers who are poor. Here are 12 things to know about rice.

Asia's rising economic integration experienced over the last three decades has been mostly a market-led development. Here are 12 things to know about regional economic cooperation and integration.

One theme of Rio+20 is the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Green growth can be seen as a way to pursue economic growth and development while preventing environmental degradation, and a means to achieve a green economy.

The Rio+20 Conference will take place in June to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Here are 12 things to know about sustainable development.

With rising populations, increasing food prices and environmental concerns, Asia’s agricultural sector faces a raft of challenges.

The thriving east-west trade that once prospered along the famed Silk Road is slowly being restored to its former glory through transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation program. Here are 12 facts and figures on the New Silk Road.