Latin America

Latin America is the world's most unequal region. Here's how to fix it

A babysitter holds a baby at her makeshift home, part of the Nova Tuffy slum, in an abandoned factory in Rio de Janeiro October 17, 2014. Since seven months ago, 1,800 families have been living inside the factory, which they occupied in March, with poor sanitation services and the fear of eviction. The occupants of the factory say they are not included in the housing program "Minha Casa, Minha Vida" (My House, My Life), and they would like to be included by the Brazilian government. The housing program is one of several government initiatives aimed at reducing poverty and social inequality that President Dilma Rousseff has held up as achievements of her administration as she campaigns for re-election.

Inequality is growing at an alarming pace in Latin America, posing a serious risk to the fight against poverty. Image: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Alicia Bárcena Ibarra
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Winnie Byanyima
Undersecretary-General of the United Nations; Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
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