ECLAC calls for continuing efforts to reduce poverty

2 November 2015

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) called today to redouble efforts to combat poverty and inequality in the region, even in a context of economic slowdown.

A study on inclusive social development that includes policy recommendations to overcome these challenges will be presented this week in the framework of the Regional Conference on Social Development that will be held in Lima, Peru, until November 4.

According to the ECLAC document, the social and labor market stimulation programs, implemented in recent years in a favorable economic scenario, have made it possible to significantly reduce poverty.

However, much remains to be done to ensure the sustainability of these programs, which is why he urged not to abandon these strategies, considering that the current situation augurs difficulties in recovering the growth rate and maintaining investments in social spending.

Figures from the agency warn that the rate of poverty reduction has stagnated since 2012, while levels of extreme poverty show a slight upward trend. In addition, Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be the most unequal region in the world.

2 November 2015

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) called today to redouble efforts to combat poverty and inequality in the region, even in a context of economic slowdown.

A study on inclusive social development that includes policy recommendations to overcome these challenges will be presented this week in the framework of the Regional Conference on Social Development that will be held in Lima, Peru, until November 4.

According to the ECLAC document, the social and labor market stimulation programs, implemented in recent years in a favorable economic scenario, have made it possible to significantly reduce poverty.

However, much remains to be done to ensure the sustainability of these programs, which is why he urged not to abandon these strategies, considering that the current situation augurs difficulties in recovering the growth rate and maintaining investments in social spending.

Figures from the agency warn that the rate of poverty reduction has stagnated since 2012, while levels of extreme poverty show a slight upward trend. In addition, Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be the most unequal region in the world.