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The Millennium Development Goals: A Latin American and Caribbean Perspective

This paper looks at the differences across countries in Latin American and Caribbean region in terms of their chances of attaining the Goals and, wherever possible, the differences between trends in various segments of the population (classified by gender, ethnic group, age group, place of residence and income stratum) as a means of helping to pinpoint the areas in which efforts must be redoubled in order to ensure
that advances are of benefit to all.

The report provides a wealth of detailed information about the status of Latin American and Caribbean region five years after the Millennium Development Goals were forged.

  • Chapter I, provides an overview of the Latin American and Caribbean region’s development success stories and the stumbling blocks it has encountered in recent years.
  • Chapter II, outlines the situation with respect to the region’s unequal income distribution.
  • Chapter III, addresses the topic of education as a fundamental factor of development.
  • Chapter IV, emphasizes the need to provide an explicit characterization of the relationships between increased gender equality and the empowerment of women, on the one hand, and the achievement of the remaining Goals, on the other.
  • Chapter V, describes how, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, the right to health and investment in this sector have been placed at the heart of social development strategies.
  • Chapter VI, which deals with sustainable development, outlines the advances made in developing precise indicators of natural resource degradation and in mainstreaming this issue into public policy