Upgrading Municipal Water Systems in the People's Republic of China

A private sector operation funded by ADB is giving access to clean and affordable water to millions in the People's Republic of China. View Photo Essay

Rethinking the Shape of the Toilet in Asia

There are different ways of thinking about the future of the humble toilet, says Michael Hoffman, Professor of Environmental Science at the California Institute of Technology and winner of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge set by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Watch Video

Cities Are Cleaner, Greener and More Livable in the People's Republic of China

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has made progress in improving the environmental quality of its cities. Yet more remains to be done. Read More

Learning from Rapid Urbanization in the People’s Republic of China

The economic rise and successful urbanization of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is a unique model offering lessons for the rest of Asia and the Pacific. Read More


Cities generate over 80% of gross domestic product (GDP) in many countries of the Asia and the Pacific and are engines of economic growth that have lifted millions from poverty. But as they swell in size and number they are under increasing strain. Maintaining vital economic growth, while creating sustainable liveable cities for all is the biggest urban challenge facing Asia.

Since the 1960s, ADB has been assisting its developing member countries (DMCs) meet this challenge with about $15 billion in funding for 200 urban development projects, which have improved urban transport, waste management, and access to clean water and sanitation.

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Fast Facts

of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in Asia. Air pollution contributes to the premature death of half a million Asians each year. Source

More than a billion
people were added to Asian cities from 1980-2010. Another 1.1 billion are expected by 2040. Source

More than 55%
of the population of Asia will be urban by 2030 Source

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