Launching of the Asia Pacific Human Development Report 2006
THE Asia-Pacific Region is at the forefront of globalization, with some of the world's fastest growth rates in international trade exhibited by economies in the region. It has also seen the growth of its services sector, with a large pool of workers, from domestic workers to nurses, construction workers, call center agents, accountants, and other professionals servicing the need of a global clientele.
The region's growth amidst increasing globalization is reflected in the 2006 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report (HDR). Produced by experts from the region under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme, the 2006 Asia-Pacific HDR does not only focus on the gains from globalization but also assesses the impact of the growth on people's lives - their incomes, their health, their levels of education, and their future.
Through an extensive process of consultation among policy makers, academics, civil society groups, the private sector, and other sectors, the 2006 Asia-Pacific concludes that while the growth of industry and the service sector has been remarkable, the poorer nations and the significant number of poor people in even the industrialized nations can be assisted further by pooling the resources available in the region and rationally investing this in areas that will enhance competitiveness, including technical and tertiary education, research and development, and the agricultural sector. …