This report on the state of Asian and Pacific cities is the second in the series first published by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and ESCAP (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in 2010 then 2011. Building on the findings and baseline data provided in the 2010 report, and in capturing both rapid change and new policy opportunities, The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015 seeks to further contribute to policy-relevant literature on the region’s urban change. Specifically, as reflected in its subtitle, the report highlights growing gaps between current urbanisation patterns and what is needed to shift to a more inclusive and sustainable urban future, in which the role of the region’s cities is unquestionably tied to national, regional and global development prospects.
The Asia and Pacific region covered here comprises 58 countries and territories. For the purposes of this report these have been grouped into five sub-regions, as shown in Box 0.1 below. These correspond with the Member and Associate Member countries of ESCAP. The subregional grouping reflects both geographic proximity and – despite their often highly different socio-economic, political, and administrative status – a degree of comparability which made analysis and discussion of the state of their cities more practicable.
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