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Biennial report (14 June 2008 to 1 June 2010) of the economic commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

image of Biennial report (14 June 2008 to 1 June 2010) of the economic commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Official Records of the Biennial Report of the Economic and Social Council, 2010 Supplement No. 20

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Equity and social cohesion

The dynamics of development in Latin America and the Caribbean have been shaped by two distinct periods in 2008-2009, both relevant to the work of the Social Development Division: 2008 saw an end to six years of successes in reducing poverty, expanding employment, extending social protection coverage and improving income distribution, while in 2009 countries began to feel the effects of the global financial crisis on the social situation. In this context, the Division has focused on two areas of work of great importance: (a) monitoring the extent and ways in which the social impact of the crisis is affecting poverty levels, unemployment and vulnerability; and (b) monitoring and supporting countercyclical social policies and programmes and social safety nets put in place in earlier years. All of this work converges in the assessment of the capacity of States to mitigate the social effects of the crisis and protect the lives and incomes of the poor and indigent.

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