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Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to keep up with the needs of their growing populations.

This global report provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of trends, challenges and innovative solutions in food assistance at a time of complex emergencies and soaring needs.

The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF launched a new report showcasing the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the country has made for children, acknowledging challenges and highlighting the crucial role of preventing violence against children in reducing poverty.

The paper revisits the issue of poverty-specific purchasing power parities (PPPs), using the most recent (2011) International Comparison Program (ICP) results. The World Bank's global poverty count uses a common international poverty line -- currently $1.90 at 2011 international prices—based on the ICP PPPs for consumption.

More than 2 billion people globally are living in countries with excess water stress says the Sustainable Development Goals report 2017. Northern Africa and Western Asia, as well as Central and Southern Asia, experience water stress levels above 60 per cent, indicating the strong probability of future water scarcity.

The ambitious development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires substantial investments across several sectors, including for SDG 3 (healthy lives and wellbeing). No estimates of the additional resources needed to strengthen comprehensive health service delivery towards the attainment of SDG 3 and universal health coverage in low-income and middle-income countries have been published.

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A report released by UNICEF has revealed that even though Ghana has been able to eradicated extreme hunger and poverty, the situation of general poverty is still high in rural areas.

There are gaps in monitoring the implementation of Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs), according to the SDGs Index and Dashboards Report 2017. The report by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), stated that such data gaps limit effort to establish internationally comparable country baselines for SDGs.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now form the backbone of today's economies – providing individuals with access to such vitally important resources as employment opportunities, online banking and healthcare.

Elaborated in the framework of the UNDP-UN Environment “Poverty Environment Initiative” (PEI), this publication identifies entry points to integrate environmental sustainability and social protection goals.

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