EU-LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN RELATIONS: A RENEWED AGENDA AND A PROGRAMME FOR RECOVERY UNDER THE SDGs
Online, from 19 to 23 July 2021
Before the pandemic, Latin America and the Caribbean had recorded their lowest period of economic growth in the last seven decades after years of economic growth at high rates. The Covid-19 health emergency has aggravated the situation by increasing extreme poverty to figures unknown in the last decade. It has also particularly affected the feminine gender, leading to a decline of more than 10 years in the situation of women with regard to gender equality and loss of opportunities and access to the labour market. There are also large inequalities and a strong external dependence on health, low internet access, and climate change has significant effects on the region. In addition, there is a lack of funding to address this crisis.
This situation leads to occasional scenarios of political and social uncertainty in some countries of the region. Historical experience at the global level has illustrated that economic and social crises have political consequences.
The preservation of democratic governance and the protection of equal access to services, as well as inclusion policies, and the promotion of a new social pact seem to be central at the moment.
Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis. Ibero-American General Secretary (SEGIB)
Adrián Bonilla. EU-LAC Foundation
Lorena Chano Regaña. University of Extremadura