Social Panorama of Latin America 2001-2002

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This publication explores issues related to the Millennium Development Targets and discusses whether Latin American countries may achieve the objectives unanimously adopted by members states of the United Nations for 2015.The book examines the region's ability to meet the targets for reducing extreme poverty and ensuring universal access to primary education under conditions of gender equality. Moreover, it looks at Latin American countries' potential to absorb the growing supply of skilled human resources and deals with the issue of social capital in terms of its potential and the limitations of poverty reduction programmes. Numerous tables, figures, and boxes are included to help illustrate data.



The recent situation

The economic growth of Latin America as a whole has been marked by sluggishness and instability, due partly to the changing international environment. Thus, in 2002 the region will have lost half a decade of growth since the Asian crisis, with a decline of around 2% in the per capita product compared with the 1997 level. This figure is not only reflected in a deterioration in the social situation and an increase in poverty, especially during the last two years, but also compromises the region's possibilities of generating conditions which will permit a substantial improvement in the levels of living of the population in the next few years.


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