About the book
The main objective of the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2016: SDG Baseline Report is to highlight critical gaps and challenges of the region in achieving the SDGs and inform inter-governmental and inter-agency regional decision making in support of implementing the 2030 development agenda in the region. The reports will complement other documents focusing on policy analysis to inform deliberations at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and subsequently in other occasions. The reports also aim to provide an effective communication tool that foster inclusive regional consultations and effective engagement of the stakeholders including media and civil society. The reports will utilize cross-nationally comparable data from ESCAP database on the proposed SDGs indicator framework and when necessary use supplementary statistics available at the regional and sub-regional levels. This effort is continuation of the Statistical Yearbook published by ESCAP in 2016 that focused on the transformative plan of action based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals.The inaugural report, "Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2016: SDG Baseline Report" will provide a baseline for the region and various groups of countries for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also shed light on some data and statistics issues associated with SDGs implementation and monitoring that has to be taken into consideration by both data users and producers.