Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific is one of the most diverse regions, with a population of more than 3.7 billion people, including some of the wealthiest countries on earth as well as two-thirds of the world’s poor.

In recent years the region has faced challenges that have seriously tested its socio-economic infrastructure – natural disasters, economic crises and continuing conflicts. Shifts in the international economic environment and the spread of globalization bring new challenges.

Nevertheless, key results in promoting decent work have also been achieved across the region.

The global financial crisis has shown that the current model of development was not in line with global needs and needed redesigning to promote sustainable livelihoods. 

H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of the Republic of Indonesia
UNEP Global Ministerial Environment Forum, 2010, Bali, Indonesia