The momentum towards the 2015 goals has weakened in many countries across the Asia-Pacific region. The recession has aggravated the vulnerabilities of large groups of people and has driven many into extreme poverty, especially in countries affected by the food price increases of 2007 and 2008. The increased vulnerability of poor households and rising child malnutrition may slow down the efforts to achieve universal primary education and the broader international development targets set for 2015.

UNESCO’s specific work in the Asia-Pacific region looks closely at financing, outcomes and strategies, particularly concerning the implications of the financial crisis on higher education. There is also a focus on accelerating efforts in the Pacific Island states. Through ongoing research and country-based studies by UNESCO and other EFA partners, the regional implications of the crisis are being studied, and appropriate courses of action can be taken.


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