Sustainability Report 2018: Investing For an Asia and the Pacific Free of Poverty
11. June 2018
Asia and the Pacific has been the fastest-growing region in recent decades and robust economic growth has resulted in a dramatic reduction in income poverty and improvements in living standards. From 1990 to 2013, those in extreme poverty, as measured by a $1.90 a day threshold, significantly declined in Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs) from 53% to around 9% of the total population. While such positive trends are expected to continue, contributing to the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 1)—to end poverty in all its forms everywhere—the region is faced with increasingly complex development challenges.
This biennial Sustainability Report highlights the integration of sustainability into ADB’s operations and organisational activities during 2016–2017.