In the past 50 years, UNDP has been working hand-in-hand with governments and people to support democratic transitions, governance, and sustainable development in the region that has more than 40 percent of the world’s biodiversity. In the process, we have helped governments lift millions of people out of poverty.
UNDP’s Regional Bureau on Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) has 26 offices covering 42 countries and territories. Each state has its own needs and strengths, but many share common challenges. The majority are now middle-income countries, but Haiti is still the hemisphere’s poorest country. Small-island developing states in the Caribbean face debt, migration, and youth unemployment. The region as a whole is commodity-dependent and has high levels of inequality. And climate change undermines hard-won progress in the social, economic and environmental realms.
RBLAC has resources for governments and civil society groups facing these tough challenges. Our upcoming 2016 Regional Human Development Report on “Multidimensional Progress: Well-Being Beyond Income” will be a crucial entry point for policy-makers seeking to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.