ESCAP released a blog for World Statistics Day and hosted a Stats Café


by Gemma Van Halderen, Director, Statistics Division and

Rikke Munk Hansen, Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section

21 October 2020

Connecting the Asia-Pacific region with data we can trust

Today is World Statistics Day with the theme ‘Connecting the world with data we can trust’. We embrace this opportunity to take pause and consider what that means for Asia and the Pacific.

Our region is home to 4.6 billion people – 60% of the global population. ESCAP’s 62 member and associate members include some of the poorest countries in the world. Countries with the very largest populations and the smallest.

The Asia-Pacific region remains the global economic powerhouse yet struggles to turn economic growth into equal opportunities and universal wealth, advance responsible consumption and production, and act on the climate the Asia and the Pacific SDG progress Report found. Still there is cause for optimism. Our diverse region has shown remarkable resilience. Accelerated progress in key ‘transformative entry points’ has been seen in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Investment in quality education is strengthening human capital across the region and we are making rapid progress towards some Sustainable Development Goals such as affordable clean energy.

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