About the book
The strong economic recovery that had been under way in parts of Asia in 1999-2000 came to a halt this past year. This edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific reviews the efforts in the region to cope with the slowdown and the dislocations it has generated. It provides a preliminary assessment of activities aimed at reaching the Millennium Development Goals set out in the Declaration adopted at the Millennium summit in September 2000. It examines official development assistance, with a particular focus on economic and technical cooperation among developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. One of the main messages that emerges is that the contents of growth are as important as its pace. The need to protect environment, preserve and foster social cohesion and eradicate hunger and poverty will have to feature prominently in national policies as well as in international cooperation for development.