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A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives across Asia and the Pacific

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  • Brooks, Douglas H.

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Joshi, Kaushal

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • McArthur, John W.

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Rhee, Changyong

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Wan, Guanghua

    (Asian Development Bank)

Abstract

The paper discusses key challenges faced throughout the Asia and the Pacific region as a number of its developing economies graduate from low-income status to middle-income status at the same time as the region remains home to the majority of the world's poor people and a number of fragile states. The region is gaining increased influence in the world economy but is still grappling to overcome interrelated challenges of poverty and sustainable development, so its priorities will be of significant importance in informing the contents of any post- 2015 global development framework. Drawing from the ongoing lessons of the Millennium Development Goal process, this paper suggests a conceptual framework for setting a new generation of goals and, informed by these concepts, proposes an intergovernmental approach to implementation. The “ZEN” framework stresses the distinct challenges of achieving zero extreme poverty (Z), setting country-specific “Epsilon” benchmarks for broader development challenges (E), and promoting environmental sustainability both within and across borders (N).

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  • Brooks, Douglas H. & Joshi, Kaushal & McArthur, John W. & Rhee, Changyong & Wan, Guanghua, 2013. "A ZEN Approach to Post-2015: Addressing the Range of Perspectives across Asia and the Pacific," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 327, Asian Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbewp:0327
    Note: http://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/pub/2013/economics-wp327.pdf
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    Keywords

    Development Goals; poverty; post 2015 agenda; ZEN; Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy

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