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Fighting inequality in Asia, the Pacific

  • Shamshad Akhtar

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2018   /  01:59 am

Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that’s trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government will be considering this week at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). A strengthened regional approach to more sustainable, inclusive growth must be this Commission’s outcome.

It’s imperative, because ESCAP’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Progress Report shows that at the current rate of progress, Asia and the Pacific will fall short of achieving the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. There has been some welcome progress, including in some of the least developed countries of our region. Healthier lives are bei...