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Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean envision development in the region beyond COVID-19 response and recovery

The 2020 Ministerial Forum, “Beyond Recovery. Towards a new social contract for LAC” will focus on three critical areas for development moving forward: strengthened social protection and fiscal…  


What we knew then, what we know now: Looking back on COVID-19 in 5 Charts

Looking back on 2020 through the lens of #GraphForThought, it is evident how quickly both the development concerns in the region shifted as well as the data available to understand them. In LAC, we…  


30 Years of Human Development in LAC in 5 Graphs

The 1990 HDR was the first major milestone in moving empirically in this direction with its creation of the Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI was an effort to move beyond income to also consider…  


COVID-19 could push the number of people living in extreme poverty to over 1 billion by 2030, says UNDP study

Severe long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could push an additional 207 million people into extreme poverty on top of the current pandemic trajectory, bringing the total to over 1 billion by…  


Stand by me: COVID-19 and the Resilience of Remittance Flows to LAC

While the remittances in LAC have shown remarkable resilience in 2020, it is unclear that this will remain the case until 2021. As countries continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, it…  


Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the regions with the most gender-sensitive measuure in its response to the COVID-19 crisis

Most of the measures being implemented in the region address violence against women. There are 177 measures registered in 29 countries, which correspond to 67.8% of the total number of measures…  


Costa Rica receives 54 million dollars for its leadership in conservation and action for climate

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the REDD+ Secretariat supported Costa Rica to develop and present the proposal to the GCF, which asked to recognize 14.7 million metric tons of carbon…  


Honduras launches innovative transfer program in response to COVID-19

Honduras and UNDP joined forces in the first transfer programme that targets the most vulnerable population using exclusively a multidimensional approach  


UNICEF and UNDP report reveals the impact of the pandemic on education

UNICEF and UNDP published a new report highlighting the impact of the pandemic on education due to schools’ closure and the profound inequalities in the development opportunities for boys and girls.…  


In Ecuador, COVID-19 could cause 11 percent dive in GDP this year

Ecuador, the first Latin American country hit by COVID-19, was already struggling as a result of the global oil crisis and could now see GDP plunge 11 percent this year, a new UN assessment has found.  

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