With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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KATHMANDU, September 19, 2014—Governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector in South Asia should seize the opportunity of increased awareness and action about violence against women and girls... Show More + to end this suffering through better coordinated and funded efforts, a World Bank report said.“Violence Against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia” is the first report that systematically collects and analyzes data across the region for all the types of violence women face in their lives, from child marriage to domestic violence, honor killings to trafficking. Drawing on the work of local researchers and activists, it aims to help those already working on this challenge to learn more about the work of others while also providing a guide for policymakers to set priorities and funding for effective programs.“This report shows that much is already being done across South Asia by dedicated women and men to end this burden,” said Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President for the Show Less -
Thank you Nik.It is a great pleasure to be with you here at the Singapore Summit. This forum has become a prime event for discussing developments in Asia and beyond. Singapore is an obvious place... Show More + for this forum, a country at the very heart of Asia, strongly linked to the region through trade, finance and people. At the World Bank we are pleased to be a partner of Singapore with a growing office that focuses on infrastructure and urban development.Many have predicted that the 21st century will be “the Asian century”. Asian economies have done well in the past decades: first led by Japan, then by the Asian Tigers, and more recently by China and India. With few exceptions, Asian economies have rebounded from the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and the recent global financial crisis - often faster and stronger than expected.If measured in comparable prices, China will soon overtake the U.S. as the largest economy. And by 2050 it will constitute a quarter of the worl Show Less -
Sharper focus needed on neonatal mortalityNEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013.... Show More + The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015.New estimates in Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014 show that in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200,000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17,000 child deaths each day.“There has been dramatic and accelerating progress in reducing mortality among children, and the data prove that success is possible even for poorly resourced countries,” said Mickey Chopra, head UNICEF’s of global health programmes. “There is now a gathering momentum from countries in every part of the world to make sure proven, cost-effective i Show Less -
Limiting the average global temperature rise to under 2°C is a prerequisite to avoiding dangerous climate change. Urgent action is needed to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to help countries... Show More + build resilience and prepare for a world of dramatic climate and weather extremes.Mobilizing finance for climate action is a priority, but public resources are not sufficient. In the energy sector alone, the additional investment required consistent with a 2°C scenario is estimated to be $910 billion per year during 2010-2050.With limited public resources there is a need to ensure they achieve maximum impact and leverage private investments. But the collapse of carbon prices has removed the important incentive which encouraged the private sector to invest in clean technology projects, and consequently many projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are at risk of being decommissioned.Targeting methane emission reductions. Methane, a by-product of a range of industrial and agricultu Show Less -