Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Access to water and sanitation

Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene claim the lives of millions of people each year, including an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five years. Lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene affects the health, security, livelihood and quality of life for all, with the impact felt most by children and women, who are often burdened with collecting drinking water. The vast majority of people still affected by poor access to improved drinking water and sanitation are poor people living in rural communities. Removing this inequality is still a major challenge in developing a suitable development framework beyond 2015.


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