Poverty Reduction and the Millenium Development Goals
Latin America and the Caribbean is a region marked by great social inequalities. Out of a population of approximately 222 million, 10% of the region’s inhabitants receive 48% of all income, while the poorest segment of the population has access to a mere 2% of total earnings.
The problem of AIDS continues to affect the region. The 2008 report on the global AIDS epidemic indicates that the estimated number of new HIV infections in 2007 was 140,000, and thus the number of people living with HIV rose to 1.7 million.
Although the overall macroeconomic situation in the region has improved following six consecutive years of positive economic performance and stability, it is expected that the global economic crisis will affect growth in the region.
In this context, UNDP gives priority to the following activities:
With regard to the issue of HIV/AIDS in the region UNDP:
To confront the current global economic crisis, UNDP is working with governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to help countries adjust their national planning, continue their track towards long-term development and to protect the most vulnerable, taking into account the particular situation in that country.