Latin America and Caribbean GDP surprises with 4 per cent growth in 2004 - UN

Even though average capital inflows declined, the overall economy of Latin America and the Caribbean and the regional gross development product (GDP) grew much more than expected in 2004, with Venezuela showing the most spectacular increase, the United Nations agency which tracks the economies of the area says.

To slash hunger, UN launches education campaign for Latin American rural poor

In an effort to improve agricultural productivity and reduce hunger and poverty in Latin America, United Nations agencies are launching an international campaign this week on education for the tens of millions of rural people throughout the continent.

Foreign investment in Latin America and Caribbean falls again - UN report

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plummeted by nearly 20 percent last year, to $36.5 billion, in Latin America and the Caribbean, the only region in the world to see a decline, the United Nations economic commission for the region said today.

UN report finds Latin Americans have crisis of confidence about democracy

Latin Americans are deeply suspicious about the benefits of democracy after a quarter of a century of moves towards elected civilian government, according to a new United Nations report, whose results Secretary-General Kofi Annan described today as very sad and wrong.

Joblessness in Latin America shows need for fairer globalization - UN

With 19 million workers jobless in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent despite a modest economic recovery in 2003, the United Nations labour agency today called for a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.

Latin America and Caribbean show some economic improvement, UN reports

The regional economy of Latin America and the Caribbean grew 1.5 per cent in 2003 and should continue that upward trend in the months to come, but the improvement does not offset the stagnation of recent years, the United Nations economic commission for the region, ECLAC, says.

More than 40 per cent of Latin America lives in poverty - UN report

With progress toward overcoming poor economic conditions grinding to a halt in the past five years, 220 million Latin Americans - more than 40 per cent of the population - were living in poverty by end of 2002 and the figure is set to rise, according to a report released today by the United Nations economic commission for the region.

UN commission forecasts modest economic growth in Latin America, Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean countries will enjoy better economic, employment and financial conditions this year, though the recovery will be modest - according to a report released by the United Nations economic commission for the region.

Two UN agencies join forces to fight child hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

Two United Nations agencies signed a new agreement today to strengthen their cooperation in reducing child malnutrition in Latin American and the Caribbean and to improve the livelihoods of the poorest families in the region.

UN labour agency seeks to help Latin America cope with economic crisis

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today opened a meeting in Lima aimed at fostering solutions to Latin America’s current economic crisis.