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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/09

The study addresses the variation in adaptive capacity of farmers located in Asian deltas due to different forms of resource availability and institutional governance as well as physical location.   The data presented in this paper suggests that adaptive capacity is highly volatile and depends more

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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/12

This paper aims to present a background to resource-based conflicts and how they may be influenced by climate change in the Asia Pacific region. In so doing, this paper first examines the relationship between security, natural resources, and climate change. Second, this paper looks specifically at more

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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/15

Climate change can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities in terms of water resources and the ability of infrastructure to cope with shocks (caused by increased variability of weather events).  However, how such shocks translate into impacts on health and well-being is rather complex.   This more

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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/16

Climate change threatens human health. A report from The Lancet, the world’s leading general medical journal, declared climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” While climate change affects the world over, the Asia-Pacific region stands particularly vulnerable to its more

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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/17

Energy drives development, economic as well as human, with advanced technologies as means to achieve this. The deprivations in energy in terms of quantity as well as quality causes lack of development thereby poverty and human sufferings. This technical paper is an attempt at providing deeper more

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APHDR Technical Background Paper 2012/18

Energy is essential for socioeconomic development. Enormous increases in global energy supply are required to lift 2.4 billion people out of energy poverty worldwide. Without a fundamental change in energy sources and technologies, however, global greenhouse gas emissions will increase further, more

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Accelerating Achievement of MDGs by Ways and Means of Economic and Social Rights

This publication is the result of more than a year of discussions and exchanges on a variety of themes centered on what UNDP regards as its core mandate: the human development agenda. As the 2015 target date for the MDGs is rapidly approaching, and as efforts are underway to “accelerate” progress more

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Access to Justice Assessments in the Asia Pacific: A Review of Experiences and Tools from the Region

This publication is a result of a comprehensive study of over 23 access to justice assessments (led by UNDP as well as some external assessment) conducted between 2000 and 2010 in 15 countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Mongolia, more

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Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-Pacific

This report investigates the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030: more

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Addressing Urban Poverty, Inequality, and Vulnerability in a Warming World

As the Asia-Pacific region continues to rapidly urbanize, many of the region’s development challenges – job creation and poverty reduction, governance and access to services, and environmental sustainability – will be increasingly focused in its cities. The region’s urban centres hold the key to a more