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1995 2000 2005 Although urbanization has contributed to economic growth, it has also driven up urban poverty. This phenomenon is particularly evident in heavily populated slums characterized by substandard housing and poor access to basic services. In Asia and the Pacific, two out of five urban dwellers live in slums, compared with three out of five in Africa. Still, the share of the urban population living in such conditions, at 44 per cent, is notably higher than the 33 per cent prevailing in Latin America and the Caribbean.

3 HIV prevalence among people aged 15-49 in Asia and the Pacific, 2003 and 2005 Papua New Guinea Cambodia Thailand Myanmar Russian Federation Nepal Viet Nam Malaysia India Singapore ESCAP Uzbekistan Iran (Islamic Rep.

Still, the share of the urban population living in such conditions, at 44 per cent, is notably higher than the 33 per cent prevailing in Latin America and the Caribbean. The share of the urban population living in slums in ASEAN countries has decreased by 10 percentage points in just over a decade, faster than anywhere else in the Asian and the Pacific region. In Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, however, the proportion of urban dwellers living in slums has remained constant, in contrast with the other ASEAN countries.

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