Social Panorama of Latin America 1996

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In addition to dealing with core issues such as children and the family, this publication shows trends in the early 1990s in important facets of social development such as poverty, income distribution, employment, social expenditure, education and pay levels. The analysis is complemented by numerous statistical tables.



The international social agenda

In 1996, two important international conferences concerning social issues were conducted. The United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat 11) examined, among other topics, the situation of human settlements in a world undergoing rapid urbanization, urban development and housing, poverty and population growth. The Hemispheric Conference on the Eradication of Poverty and Discrimination focused on the integration of social and economic policies, together with the modernization and decentralization of social policies for combating poverty. Both conferences were attended by a large number of non-governmental organizations, whose activities in the social arena were discussed in the debates.


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