Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012

Publication | August 2012

From 1980 to 2010, Asia added more than a billion people to its cities with a further billion expected by 2040. Already, the three most densely populated cities in the world (Mumbai, Kolkata, and Karachi) are in Asia.

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This publication presents the latest key statistics on development issues concerning the economies of Asia and the Pacific to a wide audience, including policy makers, development practitioners, government officials, researchers, students, and the general public. Part I of this issue of the Key Indicators is a special chapter—Green Urbanization in Asia. Parts II and III comprise of brief, non-technical analyses and statistical tables on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seven other themes. This year, the second edition of the Framework of Inclusive Growth Indicators, a special supplement to Key Indicators is also included.

The statistical tables in this issue of the Key Indicators may also be downloaded in MS Excel format from this website or in user-specified format at SDBS Online.


Part I – Special Chapter: Green Urbanization in Asia

The special chapter on “Green Urbanization in Asia” tackles two growing concerns—environmental sustainability and rapid urbanization. Asia is home to almost half of the global urban population and is urbanizing at a pace faster than any other region, resulting in an unprecedented growth in urban residents and increased number of densely populated megacities. Consequently, the region will be confronted with even greater environmental challenges that are already serious, including air pollution, congestion, CO2 emission, deprivation in water and basic sanitation, and growing vulnerability to natural disasters. But with urbanization comes the rise of the middle-class and property owners, the development of the service sector, declining fertility and increased educational attainment, and more importantly, innovations in green technology. These urbanization-related forces and mechanism are important for attaining a win-win scenario of environmental improvement and economic growth. Through establishing and exploring the environment-urbanization nexus in Asia, the chapter offers a cautiously optimistic environmental prospect for Asia as the region urbanizes. The chapter also provides suggestions for government intervention to ensure a green urbanization path in the region.

Part II – Millennium Development Goals

Introduction to the Millennium Development Goals    
Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger   XLS
Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education   XLS
Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women    XLS
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality    XLS
Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health    XLS
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases    XLS
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability    XLS
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development    XLS

Part III – Regional Trends and Tables

Introduction to the Regional Trends and Tables     
People    XLS
Economy and Output    XLS
Money, Finance, and Prices    XLS
Globalization    XLS
Transport, Electricity, and Communications    XLS
Energy and Environment   XLS
Government and Governance    XLS

Part IV Definitions

Statistics by Economy

Afghanistan    XLS
Armenia    XLS
Australia    XLS
Azerbaijan    XLS
Bangladesh    XLS
Bhutan    XLS
Brunei Darussalam    XLS
Cambodia    XLS
China, People's Republic of    XLS
Cook Islands    XLS
Fiji   XLS
Georgia    XLS
Hong Kong, China    XLS
India    XLS
Indonesia    XLS
Japan    XLS
Kazakhstan    XLS
Kiribati    XLS
Korea, Republic of    XLS
Kyrgyz Republic    XLS
Lao People's Democratic Republic    XLS
Malaysia    XLS
Maldives    XLS
Marshall Islands    XLS
Micronesia, Federated States of    XLS
Mongolia    XLS
Myanmar    XLS
Nauru    XLS
Nepal    XLS
New Zealand    XLS
Pakistan    XLS
Palau    XLS
Papua New Guinea    XLS
Philippines    XLS
Samoa    XLS
Singapore    XLS
Solomon Islands    XLS
Sri Lanka    XLS
Taipei,China    XLS
Tajikistan    XLS
Thailand    XLS
Timor-Leste    XLS
Tonga    XLS
Turkmenistan    XLS
Tuvalu    XLS
Uzbekistan    XLS
Vanuatu    XLS
Viet Nam    XLS

Framework of Inclusive Growth Indicators

The Framework of Inclusive Growth Indicators 2012 (FIGI 2012) is the follow-up edition to FIGI 2011, which proposed a set of 35 indicators as measures of income and non-income outcomes of inclusive growth; the processes and inputs that are important to improve access to opportunities, social inclusion, social safety nets; and good governance and institutions.

Part 1 provides a comparative analysis of the state of inclusive growth in developing Asia and in the other developing regions of the world – Latin America and the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa – based on the FIGI indicators. It also examines the correlations between indicators of poverty and inequality outcomes, on the one hand, and indicators for processes, inputs, and good governance and institutions; on the other; and draws policy implications from the results. Part II contains updated statistical tables for the 35 FIGI indicators for the economies of developing Asia.

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Finance sector development
  • Social development and protection
  • Urban development
  • FLS124810-3
  • 978-92-9092-816-4 (Print)
  • 978-92-9254-111-8 (Web)

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