Latin America and the Caribbean
Sustainable cities

Experiment to reclaim the street for the people

In the Mexican city of Guadalajara streets are closed for non-motorised transportation to convert public roads into places for leisure and recreation for all people.

Organised crime

Tackling cross-border crime

Latin American countries appear to be increasingly at the mercy of organised crime. They can only solve the problem together.

Latin America

Indigenous politics in Ecuador and Bolivia

Rafael Correa and Evo Morales adopted new constitutions in Ecuador and Bolivia in 2008 and 2009. Both presidents’ identity politics placed a strong focus on indigenous culture and led to change.

Global agenda

Global public goods matter for global development

The international community must address urgent worldwide challenges with full determination

Child poverty

The harsh reality of street children in Brazil

Homelessness is a considerable problem in Brazil. Very young children are affected too, and their rights are massively violated

Latin American migration

Seeking greener pastures

The Mexican diaspora is the second largest in the world. Few opportunities, poverty and increasing crime are prompting Mexicans to leave

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Governance

A second “No”

Voters in Chile have rejected a second proposed new constitution. The divide between society and the political class is growing

Eco-techniques

Cooking without harming health and the environment

A Mexican civil-society organisation provides households and schools with smoke-free and wood-saving stoves, protecting the health of users and the woods

Rule of law

Mexico needs opportunities, not violence

Mexico had high expectations of the present government’s promise to curb crime and improve security. With crime rates high and prosecution rates low, confidence in the state and its institutions is now waning further

G20

Social presidency in difficult times

Brazil is taking over the G20 presidency. President Lula da Silva is hoping to strengthen Brazil’s international role after the Bolsonaro years, though he faces a major diplomatic challenge

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Governance

Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.

Sustainability

The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.