Even as Asia’s phenomenal growth has reduced extreme poverty by 50 % since 1990, inequality continues to grow both among and within societies. Every eighth person globally does not get enough food to eat. Further, in Asia alone, 170 Crore people cannot access sanitation services and 68 crore people live without power. To boot it, the richest 85 people in the world own wealth equal to that owned by the poorest 350 crore i.e. half of the global population.
These alarming facts have been highlighted by Nobel laureate Kofi Annan during his speech at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014.