ECLAC outlines priorities for Latin America and Caribbean at World Economic Forum - EntornoInteligente / The trinidad Guardian / DAVOS—The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, says growth with equality, integration and migration are priority issues for Latin America and the Caribbean

Addressing the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that ended on Friday, she said the region wanted to put an end to the culture of privilege and advance toward economic, social and environmental equality to guarantee its inhabitants’ right to development.

The United Nations official participated in several sessions of the Forum addressing recent trends and the determining factors behind the evolution of inequality at the global and regional levels, the challenges facing the Pacific Alliance and integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, the strengthening of institutional and regulatory architecture to advance toward gender equality, and the dilemma of migration in the region, among others.

“Latin America is characterised by high levels of inequality brought to bear not only in the income gap between rich and poor, but also in the gap in achievements and opportunities in jobs, education, health, and across various population groups,” said Bárcena during remarks she made on the panel The Big Picture on Inequality.

Bárcena said that in the last 15 years, Latin America has progressed in the reduction of inequality in income distribution, however, this trend has slowed significantly in recent years.

She pointed out that between 2002-2008, the simple average of Gini coefficients for the region fell by a rate of 1.5 per cent per year; between 2008-2014, the reduction was 0.7 per cent annually; while between 2014-2016, the inequality average was reduced by just 0.4 per cent per year.


ECLAC outlines priorities for Latin America and Caribbean at World Economic Forum

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