A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives across Asia and the Pacific

Publication | January 2013

The paper aims to present the key challenges being faced by the Asia and Pacific region as a number of its developing economies graduate from a low-income status to middle-income status.

The paper discusses key challenges faced throughout the Asia and the Pacific region as a number of its developing economies graduate from low-income status to middle-income status at the same time as the region remains home to the majority of the world's poor people and a number of fragile states. The region is gaining increased influence in the world economy but is still grappling to overcome interrelated challenges of poverty and sustainable development, so its priorities will be of significant importance in informing the contents of any post-2015 global development framework. Drawing from the ongoing lessons of the Millennium Development Goal process, this paper suggests a conceptual framework for setting a new generation of goals and, informed by these concepts, proposes an intergovernmental approach to implementation. The "ZEN" framework stresses the distinct challenges of achieving zero extreme poverty (Z), setting country-specific "Epsilon" benchmarks for broader development challenges (E), and promoting environmental sustainability both within and across borders (N).


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Asia and the Pacific Region's Recent Progress and Emerging Challenges
  • Lessons from the MDGs
  • Concepts: A ZEN Approach to Goals
  • Some Key Issues for Implementation
  • Conclusion
  • References

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • WPS125285
  • 1655-5252 (Print)

Published Version

Brooks, Douglas H., Kaushal Joshi, John W. McArthur, Changyong Rhee, and Guanghua Wan. 2014. "A ZEN Approach to Post-2015 Development Goals for Asia and the Pacific." Ecological Economics 107: 392–401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.09.015.

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