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 international social agenda: Presidential summits and world social forums

Two important meetings of presidents have been held in Latin America: the Eleventh Ibero–American Summit of Heads of State and Government, and the Sixteenth Presidential Summit of the Rio Group. At both these meetings the Heads of State and Government of the region reaffirmed their commitment to work for the strengthening of peace, development, protection of the environment and human rights. More specifically, the Ibero–American Summit focused on the rights of the child, while the Rio Summit concentrated more on policies aimed at the family.


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