UNDP partners with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – the vast majority of them Middle Income Countries – as they find their own paths towards sustainable development, seeking to simultaneously reduce poverty and inequality. This entails policies that encourage economic growth and deliver social gains for all while ensuring environmental sustainability. We work hand-in-hand with governments at the national and local levels, as well as civil society and the private sector to tackle the connected issues of multidimensional poverty (addressing well-being beyond income measurements alone), historic inequalities and exclusion.
Our partnerships enhance knowledge and skills to strengthen institutions that can deliver quality services to all citizens, with special attention to historically vulnerable populations such as women, youth and people of indigenous and African descent. It also encourages sustainable production technologies, disaster risk reduction programmes and policies that help secure hard won development gains.
We help countries build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, including management and sustainable use of natural resources, ensuring that natural wealth is used to improve peoples’ livelihoods. Photo: UNDP in Guatemalamore