Latin America

Poverty in Latin America returns to pre-crisis levels, UN report finds

The number of poor people in Latin America will fall this year to 180 million – the pre-crisis levels seen in 2008 – thanks to robust economic recovery in most of the countries of the region, says a United Nations report released today.

‘Significant’ recovery seen in foreign investment in Latin America, the Caribbean – UN

New data released today by the United Nations shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean recovered significantly this year following the decline in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.

UN must lead way in forging new global economic system, Latin Americans say

Two Latin American countries today called for a strengthened and reformed United Nations to take the lead in establishing a new, more democratic and open system in the fields of international finance and economy.

Latin American, Caribbean exports to jump 21 per cent this year, finds UN study

A new United Nations study says that exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will grow by 21.4 per cent this year, owing mainly to purchases from Asia – particularly China – and the normalization of United States demand.

Latin America and the Caribbean is world’s most unequal region, UN report shows

Populations in Latin America and the Caribbean have the world’s highest levels of differences in wealth and income, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says in a new report that calls for social policies which tackle the problem of inequality in the region.

New UN envoy appointed to help resolve Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a respected diplomat, academic and economist from Jamaica to assist Guyana and Venezuela in resolving a long-standing border controversy.

UN-backed prize to reward research into Latin American economic development

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is jointly launching a new prize for academics, intellectuals and professionals who conduct research into economic development.

Talks between Ban and Argentine official focus on dispute with United Kingdom

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of Argentina’s concerns regarding the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with the country’s Foreign Minister, Jorge E. Taiana.

Ban praises Latin American, Caribbean cooperation but urges even more action

While praising the significant progress made in strengthening regional cooperation and in pursuing greater economic and social integration among Latin American and Caribbean countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a United Nations-backed meeting that now is the time to mobilize further action.

Latin American and Caribbean exports drop 24 per cent in 2009, UN reports

The value of total exports from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2009 fell 24 per cent compared to the previous year due to the global economic crisis, according to a new United Nations study released today.