Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean 2016

The biggest challenge

With the recent economic downturn-and its impact in the region- as well as partially improved social protection systems in the region, UNDP estimates that about 1.5 million more men and women will back-slide into poverty by the end of this year. They will join the 1.7 million people in the region who already fell back into poverty in 2014 —for the the first time in a decade— according to UNDP estimates.

This new upcoming report shows that what determines people to move out of poverty (good quality education and employment) is different from what “slides them back into poverty” (existence of social safety nets and household assets).

UNDP is focusing on how to build “resilience”, or the ability to absorb external shocks—financial crisis or natural disasters—without major social and economic setbacks. This is particularly important for the region’s 200 million vulnerable people: those who are neither “poor”, living below a US$4/day poverty line, and have been unable to move to middle class status (over US$10 /day). Initial estimations put 30 million people in risk of sliding into poverty or vulnerability.

In this context the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP is preparing its 2016 Regional Human Development Report, which will also include policy recommendations that reflect the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the new global development agenda, with the Sustainable Development Goals, which was approved in September 2015 during the UN General Assembly session in New York.

This virtual space has the aspiration to become a discussion platform where written and audiovisual materials prepared by UNDP and citizensand citizens from the region can be shared, commented, discussed and serve as elements for learning and exchange.

This third Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean is an editorially independent publication commissioned by UNDP. This report is being prepared with financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID, in Spanish). Over 20 regional authorities take part in the report’s Advisory Board including Ministers, Senators, academics and the current leaders of the region’s major multilateral organizations.

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1.6 billion people live in multidimensional poverty; that means with severe deprivation in areas related to education, health and material well-being. Out of these, 27.2 millionare in our region.

Interests you

 Latin American Ministers discuss challenges of 2030 Agenda and the sustainable way out of poverty

Representatives from 33 countries meet in the VIII Ministerial Forum to rethink possible progress models from a multidimensional approach


 Latin America commits to strengthening social protection systems and focus on multidimensional progress

Through the “Santo Domingo Declaration” government representatives of the region agreed to build cross-sectoral, holistic and universal policies to address the problems of development


UNDP supports governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in implementing the Global Goals

Workshops in Bolivia and Guatemala will bring together government representatives from various countries around the implementation in each country of the 2030 Agenda



Recommendations to boost resilience and diminish vulnerabilities

Caribbean countries need a new generation of public policies to increase gains in the economic, social and environmental…

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Why participate?
Your contribution is essential. The UN is working with the governments of our region, Latin America and the Caribbean, to design public policies focused on the priorities and the lives of people. For this reason, well-being indicators that we can get with your help will allow us to refine these processes and facilitate the work of those who make the decisions. We want to know how you live, where do you live, what worries you, what can be done to improve your surroundings. Also, if current policies in your country always provide solutions to your problems or only sometimes…Your opinion counts.

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