The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) has described Latin America and the Caribbean as “a laboratory for climate action,” as world leaders gather in Madrid, Spain for the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25). 

But it is not just about problems, according to Kathryn Milliken, WFP’s climate change advisor. “The Latin American and Caribbean region offers exciting opportunities to test and scale up a wide range of solutions to address climate-related issues,” she said.

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Globally, the number, duration, and size of disasters and crises are on the rise. At the same time, the cost of emergency responses has been increasing, thus exerting further pressure on already limited resources. Concurrently, there is growing global recognition of the need to leverage existing resources to respond to shocks – as reflected in Grand Bargain commitments.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, are holding a high-level symposium on 27 June, to discuss how national social protection programmes and systems can play a greater role in disaster risk management and in emergency response. This month marks the start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season which brings with it six months of uncertainty for Caribbean countries and overseas territories.

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Adaptive and Shock Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean: Putting People at the Centre of Resilience and Response

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small island country in the eastern Caribbean, with a population of around 71,000 people according to the census 2011, although estimates following Hurricane Maria suggest out-migration has reduced this figure considerably. It is highly exposed to natural disasters, primarily tropical storms and hurricanes, but also floods, volcanoes and landslides, among other shocks (Government of Dominica, 2014 and ACAPS, 2017).

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Gender-Sensitive Social Protection

The employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbean is a twice-yearly report prepared jointly by the Economic Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Subregional Office for the South Cone of Latin America of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

This report on Latin America and the Caribbean contains information about: Labour market performance in Latin America and the Caribbean;  in 2013 and . Conditional cash transfer programmes and the labour market.

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Since its transition to democracy at the beginning of the 1990s, Paraguay  has made considerable progress in confronting poverty and social inequality.  The fact that poverty has become a major issue on the public agenda since then has furthered the development of social protection and promotion  programmes. The implementation of social policies has focused not only on education, health and pensions, but also on youth, employment protection  and housing, showing a new approach to poverty and vulnerability

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