Asia-Pacific Development Journal, vol. 23, No. 2, December 2016

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The Asia-Pacific Development Journal is published twice a year by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Its primary objective is to provide a medium for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas, information and data on various aspects of economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region. The emphasis of the Journal is on the publication of empirically based, policy-oriented articles in the areas of development macroeconomics; reduction of poverty and mitigation of inequalities; and social cohesion and environment sustainability, with a particular focus on countries with special needs, such as the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing States.
This special issue contains six selected papers, developed as a spin-off of the discussions at the second North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum, held in Tokyo on 31 October and 1 November 2015. The Forum is an initiative of ESCAP in which the Subregional Office of East and North-East Asia plays a catalytic role in bringing together researchers and practitioners of development cooperation in the four North-East Asian countries, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation, to discuss subregional cooperation and to strengthen the effectiveness of subregion-wide initiatives. These countries are also major contributors of development assistance-related capacity-building activities. Specifically, the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), and the Russian Association of Experts in International Development Assistance are partnering with ESCAP in this initiative. Since the first Forum in 2014, which was held in Seoul and organized in collaboration with KAIDEC, these associations have increasingly developed a strong sense of partnership, leading to this special issue as a joint product of the partners. The papers contained in this issue are submitted by the respective associations. The 2015 Forum, which was co-hosted by the ESCAP Subregional Office of East and North-East Asia, JASID and the JICA Research Institute, focused on development cooperation among North-East Asian countries as a key to the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We express our sincere appreciation for the generous support extended by the JICA Research Institute for the success of the Forum.