Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in an Era of Global Uncertainty: Asia-Pacific Regional Report 2009/10

Publication | February 2010

Many Asia-Pacific countries have demonstrated that some MDGs are indeed within reach. However, most of the progress assessments are based on data gathered before the 2008 global economic crisis. What effect will the crisis have on MDGs?

In recent years the Asia-Pacific region, along with the rest of the world, has been assailed by a series of global crises, first the energy and food crises, and more recently the financial and economic crisis--all of which have presented threats to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This report assesses the likely impact. First it tracks progress towards the Goals on the basis of data collected prior to the economic crisis on 21 out of the 60 official MDG indicators. Then it considers how this progress might be hindered by recent events. Drawing from the lessons of the crisis, the report also explores measures to make regional economies more socially resilient to economic cycles.

This is the fourth report that has been prepared under the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP regional partnership program on achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific region.

Read the full report on the UNESCAP site.


  • Overview
  • Tracking the MDGs—Trends and Prospects
  • Protecting the MDGs through Fiscal Stimuli
  • Securing the MDGs through Stronger Social Protection
  • Strength in Numbers—Opportunities for Cooperation
  • References
  • Annexes

Additional Details

  • Poverty
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • 978-92-1-120604-3 (Print)

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