The General Assembly, recognizing the need to strengthen and further invigorate South-South cooperation, decided by resolution 71/244 of 2 February 2017, to convene a high-level United Nations conference on South-South cooperation on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among developing countries (TCDC).
The novel coronavirus has hit Latin America very hard. On the health front, two indicators stand out: with only 8.2 percent of the world population (640 million people), by October 2020 the Latin American and Caribbean region had 28 percent of all cases (9.3 million) and 34 percent of all deaths (341,000). On the economic front, the IMF projected that Latin American economies would contract by 8.1 percent in 2020 in its October 2020 forecasts.
We analyze the distributional effects of the reduction in energy subsidies in Argentina since 2016. As the policy reform also includes the introduction of a scheme to protect less well-off families (social tariff), we also review how well the targeting mechanism works. We apply traditional benefit-incidence analysis using household surveys and administrative data, focusing on residential subsidies to natural gas and electricity in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.
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The dramatic increase in working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the poor working conditions experienced by many homeworkers who, prior to the crisis, numbered an estimated 260 million people worldwide.
The document analyzes the social protection responses of ten Latin American countries since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020. The first section outlines the social context at the time the pandemic hit, case selection of the ten countries examined, and data on existing social protections. The second section provides an overview of income protection responses in response to COVID-19, in the ten countries, assessing speed, breadth and sufficiency.
On 3 December 2020, the ISSA Social Security Virtual Summit for the Americas brought together more than 500 administrators, managers and experts in the field from across the region. Under the theme Towards a new normal: Challenges and opportunities, the Virtual Summit was an opportunity to take stock of the dynamic social security responses to COVID-19 and to assess the long-term challenges and lessons learnt in this region.
This chapter has two goals: the first is to conduct a comparative analysis of the compulsory and contributory unemployment protection systems in four countries (Spain, Italy, Argentina and Uruguay) participating in the INCASI project: What are their similarities and differences?; the second aim is to analyse the trends in the reforms of the unemployment benefit systems. To do so we ask: Despite the differences between countries, are there common trends in the reform policy?