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South Asia launches initiative to fight plastic pollution

By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish if global plastic production rate continues at 300 million tons annually.

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Help build India climate resilience with innovative prototypes

TechEmerge Resilience applications due July 20

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Webinar: Implications of COVID-19 in South Asia

Experts discuss remittances, financial sector stability, trade, and regional collaboration

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South Asia cooperates to fight climate threats and disasters

A new regional project will help make agriculture, transport, and other pandemic-ravaged sectors more resilient to climate change

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Ensuring food security and nutrition in South Asia during COVID-19

Lessons from the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI) can help address pandemic-related food issues.

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Protect people, revive economies

South Asia must ramp up action to curb the COVID-19 health emergency, protect the most vulnerable, and set the stage for economic recovery

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South Asia shows new spirit of collaboration to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The region's eight nations coordinate responses and pool resources

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Can e-commerce drive trade in South Asia?

South Asia e-commerce would rise by at least 20 percent if constraints such as inadequate logistics, payments restrictions, and digital regulations were addressed.

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South Asia needs to act as one to fight climate change

The World Bank’s South Asia Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (SARCAR) is equipping governments with data and evidence to tackle climate change threats.

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Why One South Asia?

Greater regional connectivity will help reduce poverty, create jobs, and build resilience to extreme weather.

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Inland waterways revive arteries of trade

More than 600 million people live along the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers, where moving goods by water is relatively cheap and environmentally friendly.

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One South Asia Priority Areas



Extreme weather events do not respect national borders. Regional collaboration helps communities build resilience to drought, floods, cyclones, and climate change.



A regional system to share and trade electricity offers global climate benefits. A single, interconnected market also creates economies of scale.



Intraregional trade accounts for barely 5 percent of South Asia’s total trade, compared to 25 percent in ASEAN. Removing non-tariff barriers can cut shipping costs and create jobs.



Regional cooperation to manage the shared Himalayan river systems in South Asia can deliver sustainable, fair, and inclusive development, and climate resilience.



Improved border crossing procedures can reduce delays in transporting people and goods across the region. Modern roads and more use of inland waterways can also help.


Greater regional connectivity in South Asia can boost economic growth and reduce poverty. 

One South Asia encompasses the work we do with the following partners, among others, to build stronger regional links for climate resilience, energy, trade, transport, and transboundary water management.


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