The battle for sustainability will be won - or lost - in Asia. Although it may sound dramatic, the concept is not far-fetched. Our region is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, accounting for 40 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of global growth. Globally, 60pc of the population calls Asia home and urban populations are predicted to grow from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion in 2050.
Myanmar has endured more than its fair share of human-made disasters, but the recovery from the natural devastation recent flooding will not happen in a vacuum. As we learned in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, there can be very serious political consequences in the wake of such traumatic events.
In some of the region’s politically closed societies, even the death of a leader can be exploited, and often with weird consequences - especially if the guy has not actually conked out yet.