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The Asia and the Pacific region is home to nearly 3.7 billion people, which amounts to about  60 percent of the world's total population. While the region has made significant progress in reducing hunger and extreme deprivation;  in expanding access to basic services, health and education; and in promoting economic growth and food security; the region is still characterized by gross disparities and stark contrasts. This document provides a brief on UNFPA's regional programme for Asia and the Pacific, including country profiles, and indicators on population and reproductive health.