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Social Panorama of Latin America 2006

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In the last four years, Latin America has turned in its best performance in twenty-five years in economic and social terms. Progress with poverty reduction, falling unemployment, improving income distribution in several countries and a strong upswing in numbers of jobs are the main factors underlying the positive trend in a number of the region's countries. The first two chapters of in this report look at the way the main social indicators have behaved in the last few years. The following two chapters address matters that, for different reasons, have come to figure prominently on government agendas.

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The emergence of indigenous peoples on the agendas for democracy and development

Latin America is a multi–ethnic and multicultural region with over 650 indigenous peoples currently recognized by its States. Territorially and demographically speaking, these peoples are highly diverse and their socio–political status within the countries they inhabit varies widely. Their common denominator, however, is the structural discrimination they suffer in the form of marginalization, exclusion and poverty.

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