More than one in four people in Asia and the Pacific’s developing countries experience poverty in multiple dimensions.
This includes additional deprivations that impact their health, education, and standard of living.
Some 400 million people in the region still confront poverty as part of their daily lives due to widening income inequality.
This is despite the region’s impressive gains in reducing income poverty in recent decades, according to a new report launched Wednesday March 29,2017 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in a forum in Bangkok
The report was released as part of the three-day Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) that began in Bangkok on Thursday March 29,2017
Titled ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific,’ it notes that 400 million people — or one in ten — in the region live in extreme poverty.