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  • Amidst progress, extreme poverty and exclusion among some groups persist in Latin America and the Caribbean, Report finds Mar 21, 2017

    Development gaps for women, indigenous peoples, remote dwellers and other groups set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including violence, discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.

  • UNDP names Panda Champions for Global Goals Jan 6, 2017

    The 17 winners – who come from 15 different countries – were chosen from hundreds of people who submitted videos about their favourite of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • The 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting recognized the work of UNDP in Chile Dec 6, 2016

    New York, 6 December 2016 - The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) announced today the four winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting for national and regional reports in an event at the United Nation Headquarters in New York, recognizing the work of Chile, Montenegro, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

  • Governments and companies from more than 30 countries meet in Panama to commit to advancing gender equality in the workplace Nov 21, 2016

    Panama City - In a global context where women earn, on average, 24 percent less than men for the same work and hold only 22 percent of senior management positions, more than 230 representatives of governments, private and public companies, trade unions and research organizations from 34 countries gathered on Monday to share innovative strategies and discuss persistent challenges for advancing gender equality in the workplace.

  • UNDP supports Cuba after Hurricane Matthew Nov 9, 2016

    UNDP has initiated, hand in hand with local authorities, an early and resilient recovery process, with emphasis on rebuilding houses, to address the immediate needs and lay the foundations for a long-term recovery and strengthening the capacities of affected communities.

  • Latin America commits to strengthening social protection systems and focus on multidimensional progress Nov 1, 2016

    Santo Domingo – After two days of sharing experiences with public policies around the Sustainable Development Goals, poverty eradication and reducing inequality, representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean governments at the VIII Ministerial Forum for Development signed the "Declaration of Santo Domingo” — a commitment to seek the most efficient and sustainable ways to promote the advancement of the 2030 Agenda, with an integrated model in accordance with national priorities.

  • Latin American Ministers discuss challenges of 2030 Agenda and the sustainable way out of poverty Oct 31, 2016

    Santo Domingo, October 31, 2016 - Governments from Latin America and the Caribbean meet on October 31 and November 1 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to discuss progress on social policy - particularly in the economy and the environment, which are the main challenges for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and strategies for a sustainable route out of poverty.

  • Young entrepreneurs from Latin America need innovative policies and government support Oct 27, 2016

    CARTAGENA –Entrepreneurship emerges as a clear alternative to improve opportunities for young people in Latin America, particularly in a context of high unemployment, but to tap its potential it’s necessary to urgently rethink policies designed to facilitate the integration of young people in the economic activity, ILO and UNDP said today in a joint report.

  • UN Development Chief Concludes Visit to Ecuador Oct 19, 2016

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark wrapped up a three day visit to Ecuador yesterday where she participated in the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), met with government officials, and traveled to Cayambe north of Quito to visit development projects.

  • UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries Oct 18, 2016

    he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grant to enhance access to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries – Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The funds will focus on promoting and protecting human rights and access to HIV services for key populations such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, marginalized young people and those using drugs, all of whom often bear the highest burden of HIV infection in the region.